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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

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

    Creating graffiti is dangerous – especially if you go onto the tracks – and attracts a fine of up to £1,000 for trespassing on the railway.

    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 sure those areas where it affects safety are tackled first.

    Our teams tackle graffiti 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

    Preventing graffiti

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

    • Funding partnerships with local authorities – these often have their own removal teams so can act much quicker
    • Educating young people about the dangers of graffiti by working with third parties such as the British Transport Police and local youth associations
    • Identifying and monitoring offenders using CCTV and regular checks
    • Using anti-graffiti technologies such as specially designed paints, improving security and allowing plants and trees to grow over surfaces prone to graffiti

    Need more information?

    If you want to know more about how we deal with graffiti on the railway, or want to report an incident, please get in touch with us.

     

  • Who is responsible for removing graffiti?

    We remove graffiti on or near the railway track as well as at the following stations, which are run by Network Rail

    Birmingham New Street
    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

    St Pancras International
    Victoria
    Waterloo

     

    To report graffiti at any of these locations please get in touch with us 

     
    At other stations
    The remaining 2,500 railway stations are managed by the train operating companies.

    If you want to report graffiti at any of these stations please contact your local station's ticket office

    Areas outside the railway:
    To report graffiti which is not on the railway or one of its stations, you will need to contact your local authority