Approach Road area: flooding

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Partial / Incomplete Date c.1915
Area Raynes Park
Copyright 1 London Borough of Merton
Picture Reference MerMor_​1_​8-1
Original Format Photo
Notes / History View of the area near Clifton Park Avenue before Approach Road was built.

Flooding was an ongoing problem in this area and the surveyors of Wimbledon Council worked hard to find a solution. Ironically the situation was worsened by construction work, as the growing number of houses hindered natural drainage.

In the early days of Raynes Park station, drainage was so bad that rainwater collected under the tunnel. On bad days in winter, it was so deep that men took off their shoes and socks, rolled up their trousers and paddled.

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