Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has today announced that action would be taken against graffiti on Britain’s railways as part of the ‘Great British September Clean’.
In a letter sent by the Transport Secretary, long term plans have been put in place to tackle the issue. Proposals should build on the action taken already, including a review of the response times to graffiti vandalism, so incidents are dealt with quickly.
Network Rail has already completed major work in this area, with £1m being spent in the spring to clear up graffiti, this is on top of its annual £3.5m programme of measures.
Graffiti on the railway can make passengers feel unsafe, and it is also unsightly.
People also trespass and put their lives at risk by putting the graffiti on trains in sidings.
Grant Shapps visited London Bridge on Monday 14th September 2020 to see the cleanup work being completed by Network Rail.
The Transport Secretary also visited a railway arch mural by Jimmy C in memory of the London Bridge Attack.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Phenomenal efforts have been made throughout this pandemic to ensure our transport network is clean and maintained to the highest standards, helping keep people safe, and people deserve roads and railways that are not blighted by graffiti and vandalism.”
“As we continue our focus on building back better as we recover from COVID-19, I want us to feel proud of our transport infrastructure and public spaces. Our extra investment to remove graffiti from our roads and railways means we can double our efforts to fight this issue and represents a positive step in the right direction.”
Richard McIlwain, Deputy Chief Executive of environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, said: “We would encourage everyone to do their bit to help clean up the country and, during the Great British September Clean, ridding our transport network of graffiti would be a positive step towards creating a better environment for everyone.”
“Places that are covered in graffiti, particularly low-grade tagging, signal to the community at large that an area is unloved and uncared for and leads to increases in other environmental crimes such as littering and fly-tipping so we would urge everyone responsible for looking after our transport network to keep it graffiti and litter-free.”
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