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  • Graffiti on the railway

    Find out how we tackle graffiti on the railway and what you can do to report it

  • Reporting trespass

    If you see someone on the railway, please call the British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or dial 999.

    Creating graffiti is dangerous and can lead to train delays, especially if people go onto the tracks. They can also be fined up to £1,000 for trespassing on the railway.

    Read how trespass and vandalism causes delays - and how we're tackling the problem.

    We spend more than £3.5 million a year removing graffiti – money which could be better spent improving the railway.

    Reporting graffiti

    If you see graffiti on the railway, please report it to us.

    We are responsible for remove graffiti that is on or near the railway track or at the following stations:

    • Birmingham New Street
    • Bristol Temple Meads
    • Cannon Street
    • Charing Cross
    • Edinburgh Waverley
    • Euston
    • Fenchurch Street
    • Glasgow Central
    • King’s Cross
    • Leeds
    • Liverpool Lime Street
    • Liverpool Street
    • London Bridge
    • Manchester Piccadilly
    • Paddington
    • Reading
    • St Pancras International
    • Victoria
    • Waterloo

    To report graffiti on the railway or at the above stations please get in touch with us

    All other stations are managed by train companies. To report graffiti please contact the train company directly.

    For areas outside railway land, contact your local council.

    When we remove graffiti

    When you report graffiti to us, we’ll respond to it as quickly as we can.

    While we try to remove all graffiti, we prioritise work to make remove graffiti that affects safety first. We aim to remove offensive graffiti within 24 hours.

    Our teams prioritise removal in the following order:

    • Where it impacts safety
    • Offensive, racist and sexist graffiti
    • Graffiti that’s visible to passengers and the general public
    • Graffiti on railway routes, including location cabinets, sub-stations and relay rooms
    • Other graffiti as resources allow

    Prevention

    We use a number of different methods to prevent graffiti including:

    • Funding partnerships with local authorities – these often have their own graffiti removal teams and can act more quickly.
    • Educating young people about the dangers, working with third parties including  the British Transport Police and local youth associations.
    • Identifying and monitoring offenders using CCTV and regular checks.
    • Using anti-graffiti technologies such as special paints, improved security and allowing plants and trees to grow over surfaces that attract graffiti.
  • Contact us

    If you have a concern or question, call our 24-hour helpline:

    03457 11 41 41

    or contact us online