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  • Litter and fly-tipping on the railway

    How we’re removing litter and tackling fly-tipping on the railway

  • We’re committed to cleaning litter and preventing fly-tipping on the railway. It’s a serious problem that not only looks bad, but also affects the safety of the railway.

    Litter can attract rats which can chew on cables, leading to signal failures, delays and even accidents.

    Fly-tipping is also dangerous – especially if you go onto the railway tracks. It’s a criminal offence too and carries a fine of up to £1,000.

    How we tackle litter

    We have a statutory duty to clean up any litter on our land.

    We will always act quickly to remove litter which could affect safety. For example, if a shopping trolley was left on the tracks we’d remove it immediately.

    Smaller amounts of litter which do not affect safety are cleaned up during regular, scheduled cleaning operations. All our lines are cleaned with the busiest lines, such as popular commuter routes, being cleaned more often than quieter ones.


    While we can’t acheive a completely clean railway, we try to prevent litter and fly-tipping as much as we can by:

    • Working with the British Transport Police to investigate and, where appropriate, prosecute people who commit litter and fly-tipping offences.
    • Maintaining good security to stop people illegally accessing railway sites.
    • Using CCTV to monitor sites where people fly-tip.
    • Using "nobblers" which puncture tyres both inside and outside access gates to railway land.
    • Enforcing legal agreements so that our tenants (eg shops at the stations that we manage) do not cause any litter problems.
    • Encouraging contractors to remove all litter, debris and other materials from our sites when they’ve finished a job

    Who's responsible for cleaning litter?

    We are responsible for cleaning the areas around the railway track and at the following stations:

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

    These are all managed by us; to report litter please get in touch with us.

    All other railway stations are managed by train companies. To report litter or flytipping, please contact the station's ticket office - contact details are availabe at National Rail.

    To report litter elsewhere, contact your local council.

    Need more information?

    If you want to know more about how we deal with litter and fly-tipping, please get in touch with us.

  • Contact us

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

    08457 11 41 41

    or contact us online