Litter and fly-tipping on the railway
How we’re working to keep the railway tidy
We’re committed to clearing 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.
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've a statutory duty to clean up any litter on our land.
We'll always act quickly to remove litter that could affect safety. For example, if a shopping trolley was left on the tracks we’d remove it immediately.
There are regular, scheduled clean-ups in stations and 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, and the busiest lines, such as popular commuter routes, are cleaned more often than quieter ones.
While we can’t achieve 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 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.
We're 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
- London Cannon Street
- London Charing Cross
- Edinburgh Waverley
- London Euston
- Glasgow Central
- London King’s Cross
- Liverpool Lime Street
- London Liverpool Street
- London Bridge
- Manchester Piccadilly
- London Paddington
- St Pancras International
- London Victoria
- London 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.