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Find out how we’re removing litter and tackling fly-tipping on the railway to make it safe and your journey more pleasant
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 your safety on the railway.
Litter can attract rats which can chew on signal 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 and we’ll always act quickly to remove litter which could affect your safety.
If for example a shopping trolley was left on the tracks, we’d make this a priority and remove it immediately.
Smaller amounts of litter which don’t affect safety on the other hand are cleaned up during regular, scheduled cleaning operations.
These take place on all our lines, with the busiest lines such as popular commuter routes being cleaned more often than quieter ones.
While we can’t guarantee a completely clean railway, we try to prevent litter and fly-tipping as much as we can by:
If you want to know more about how we deal with litter and fly-tipping, or want to report an incident, please get in touch with us.
To report litter or flytipping at one of our stations please get in touch with us.
At other stations
The remaining 2,500 stations are managed by train operating companies. To report litter or flytipping, please contact the station's ticket office.
Areas outside the railway
To report fly-tipping or litter which is not on the railway or one of its stations, you’ll need to contact your local authority.