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  • Litter and fly-tipping on the railway

    How we’re working to keep the railway tidy

  • 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, while metal cans and foil can cause short circuits in the signalling system.

    Fly-tipping is also dangerous – especially if people trespass on the railway. 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 or we’d remove it immediately.

    There are regular, scheduled clean-ups in stations and for 100 metres either side within our boundary. Beyond stations, litter clearing is done as and when a problem is identified.

    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.
    • Installing different fencing at trouble spots.
    • Encouraging contractors to remove all litter, debris and other materials from our sites when they’ve finished a job

    Reporting litter

    We are responsible for cleaning the areas around the railway tracks.

    We're also responsible for cleaning at and around 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

    Please get in touch with us to report litter at these locations.

    All other railway stations are managed by train companies. Please contact them directly to report litter.

    To see who's responsible for a station and for train company contact details, visit National Rail Enquiries.

    To report litter elsewhere, contact your local council.

  • Contact us

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

    03457 11 41 41

    or contact us online