KT95102-08Dead pigeons trapped under a New Malden railway bridge pose “a serious health issue” to residents, and particularly to drivers in convertible cars, a councillor has said.

Pigeons often become trapped in the netting beneath the bridge

Live birds can be seen sitting on piles of their own excrement under the railway line in Kingston Road, and dead ones are stuck in netting intended to have pigeon-proofed the bridge.

Beverley Ward councillor Raju Pandya said: “This is something that is a serious health issue and we are pleading with Network Rail to get this sorted.

“God help you if you’re in a convertible, they get crap on their heads.”

The birds can be seen sitting on their own excrement

Bird droppings and decaying dead birds have been a long-standing issue under the bridge, with residents and councillors first raising concerns with Network Rail in 2014.

A Network Rail spokeswoman said: “We understand the concerns of people in the area about the ongoing pigeon problem at this bridge, and are working closely with Kingston Council to resolve this.”

A dead pigeon lies on the ground having fallen from the bridge

Kingston and Surbiton MP James Berry brought representatives of Kingston Council and Network Rail to the bridge last week.

He said: “It’s absolutely disgusting, the pigeons get stuck in the netting. I was getting incredibly frustrated with the council and Network Rail.

“I just got them to come down and see it for themselves.”


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