Find out how we tackle graffiti on the railway and what you can do to report it

Reporting trespass

If you see someone on the railway, please call the British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or dial 999.

Trespassing to create graffiti is dangerous and can lead to train delays, especially if people go onto the tracks. There are fines of up to £1,000 for trespassing on the railway.

Read how trespass and vandalism causes delays and how we're tackling the problem.

We spend more than £3.5m every year removing graffiti – money that could be better spent improving the railway.

Whilst we accept that graffiti can be unpleasant, the cost of removal can often be high. As a public body we have to adhere to the Government’s Managing Public Money principles and prioritise our expenditure on safety critical matters and those affecting the operation of the railway. For those cases that involve offensive graffiti, we will do all we can to remove this as quickly as possible.

For areas outside railway land, contact your local council.

We are responsible for removing graffiti that is on or near the railway tracks and at the following stations:

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

To report graffiti please contact us and we’ll respond as quickly as we can.

All other stations are managed by train companies – please contact the train company directly to report graffiti at one of them.

We use a number of different methods to prevent graffiti including:

  • funding partnerships with local authorities – these often have their own graffiti removal teams and can act more quickly
  • educating young people about the dangers, working with third parties including the British Transport Police and local youth associations
  • identifying and monitoring offenders using CCTV and regular checks
  • using anti-graffiti technologies such as special paints, improved security and allowing plants and trees to grow over surfaces that attract graffiti.

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