Merry Christmas 2017

From all of us at Love Wimbledon…

We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Transport over the Holidays

As you would expect during a holiday period, planned upgrades and engineering works take place which results in disruption to travel in and out of Wimbledon affecting trains, tubes, trams and buses.  Don’t be caught out, check before you travel and plan your journey in advance. A brief outline highlighted below:

December 24

Tube: Normal Sunday service with less frequent services from 20:00

District line closed between South Kensington and Edgware Road/Ealing Broadway/Richmond/Wimbledon/Kensington (Olympia).

Christmas Day

Unless you hitch a ride in Santa’s sleigh there are no services on any TfL platform all day.

Boxing Day

There will be a Sunday service on the Tube. The District line is closed between South Kensington and Edgware Road/Ealing Broadway/Richmond/Wimbledon/Kensington Olympia. Rail replacement buses will run.

There will be no London Overground services.

December 27

District line: The line is closed between South Kensington and Edgware Road/Ealing Broadway/Richmond/Wimbledon/Kensington Olympia.

December 28

There will be a Saturday service on the Tube except for the Waterloo and City line which will have a weekday service.

District line: The line is closed between South Kensington and Edgware Road/Ealing Broadway/Richmond/Wimbledon/Kensington Olympia. Rail replacement buses will run.

December 29

There will be a Saturday service on the Tube except for the Waterloo and City line which will have a weekday service.

District line: The line is closed between South Kensington and Edgware Road/Ealing Broadway/Richmond/Wimbledon/Kensington Olympia. Rail replacement buses will run.

December 30

District line: The line is closed between South Kensington and Edgware Road/Ealing Broadway/Richmond/Wimbledon/Kensington Olympia. Rail replacement buses will run.

New Year’s Eve

This year, TfL will be providing free travel for everyone this New Year’s Eve so that millions of party goers can get home safely. Travel is free between 11.45pm and 4.30am on New Year’s Day.

There will be a normal Sunday service on the Tube, although TfL is warning that some stations will be busier than normal.

London Overground: Some services will run throughout the night.

TfL rail: No service on the entire line but there will be replacement buses at all stations.

New Year’s Day

There will be a reduced service on the Tube from 4.30am and then a Saturday service from 11am.

Thameslink

Thameslink services will stop at 8pm on December 24 and not begin again until December 27. There will be no Thameslink cross service to London between December 23 to January 1 inclusively.

Have a look at the following links which will keep you up to date on the latest news and travel.

 

https://tfl.gov.uk/status-updates/major-works-and-events/christmas-travel

https://www.southwesternrailway.com/plan-my-journey/planned-improvements/christmas–new-year-holiday-period

New Openings

Wimbledon has welcomed new businesses including some big names that have caused a queue or two. In November, The Garratt & Gauge emerged after a refurbishment of the former Edwards on Hartfield Road and now offers a selection of craft products from a quiet breakfast, a coffee with friends and little ones, a quick bite at lunch time, a post work drink or night out.

Following the opening of Joe & The Juice on Wimbledon Bridge in October, brand new and side by side, itsu and Wilko both attracted excited queues of customers. Itsu was first to open it’s doors on 1 December with 700 FREE lunch time giveaways and 100 itsu butterflies hidden around Wimbledon for lucky finders to receive a free meal. This new spot is proving popular for lunch time workers and dinner visitors alike.

Just in time for Christmas, Wilko opened it’s doors on 8 December to queues of excited shoppers hoping to claim one of the free gifts, vouchers and giveaways available to the first 100 visitors. There was an opening fanfare with a ribbon cutting, carol singers and balloons galore.

Helen Clark Bell, CEO of Love Wimbledon comments, “We are very pleased to welcome three new businesses into Wimbledon over the past two months, each providing a different offer to the town and each attracting a strong excitable following for their openings. We are looking forward to working with all of these businesses in this high profile location to continue to make Wimbledon an attractive and exciting town.”

Free Parking in December

Merton Council offers free parking in council-managed car parks

Throughout every weekend in December, until Christmas, Merton Council is offering free parking in council-managed car parks across Mitcham, Morden and Wimbledon.

Free parking is not available at Coombe Lane Car Park, Raynes Park, nor in council-managed pay and display on-street parking bays. All other parking conditions apply.

Please visit Merton Council for full details.

Fight Crime with Townlink Radio

Help detect and prevent crime, inside and outside your premises and in the wider Wimbledon night time economy

For some time now, Love Wimbledon has been urging the police and CCTV control room to be more proactive with regard to their use of Townlink, which brings huge benefits to pubs and clubs in terms of detection and prevention of crime. The CCTV control room has recently pushed out a roll call logging who responds or not. This data will be captured and submitted weekly to the police.

The CCTV team will call everyone at 19:00, 22:00 and 03:00.

Where businesses log off for the night between 22:00-03:00 Love Wimbledon expects them to call and advise that they are closed. The police will also be answering as part of this roll call.

This activity will take place seven day sa week during the busier Christmas period, starting Monday 11 December and running through until close of business on New Year’s Day, Monday 1 January.

Love Wimbledon encourages all businesses to answer this roll call and also to call in when closing.

If you would like a reminder of Townlink protocol, or have any queries, please contact Town Ranger Tom on 020 8619 2012 or email tomr@lovewimbledon.org

Met Police Christmas Appeal

In 2016 the Met Police collected over 17,000 donations from the public for children who may not have received a present for Christmas – this year, with your help, they hope to do even better!

All you need to do is drop your donations in to your nearest police station by Tuesday 12 December. The Met Police will wrap and distribute the presents. Or you can simply make a donation and they will use it to buy gifts for those children.

Please visit Met Police Christmas Appeal for more details, including present suggestions and where to find your nearest police station.