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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.
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:
We are responsible for cleaning the areas around the railway track and at the following stations:
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.
If you want to know more about how we deal with litter and fly-tipping, please get in touch with us.
If you have a concern or question, call our 24-hour helpline:
08457 11 41 41
or contact us online