Network Rail have been working to remove graffiti around London Euston railway station.
£3.5m is spent every year by Network Rail in cleaning up graffiti. The current clean-up supports the ongoing commitment by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to improve the railway for residents and passengers.
Over the coming weeks work will be carried out at Camden, including on Mornington Crescent and Harlesden Bridge to remove more graffiti.
Work beside the railway can only be done when trains are not running and London Euston is one of the busiest in Europe.
Committing acts of vandalism with graffiti is a crime. Incidents of graffiti can be reported to Network Rail’s 24-hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41.
James Dean, route director for West Coast South, said: “Graffiti makes the place look messy for neighbours and passengers. We want the railway to be a clean, welcoming environment for people who travel on it and live and work near it. That’s why we’re declaring a war on graffiti.
“There’s a safety aspect here too. Graffiti vandals risk their lives trespassing on the railway. Trains leave Euston every three minutes powered by overhead wires carrying 25,000 volts of electricity. It’s a seriously dangerous place to be. Our advice is to always stay off the tracks.”
Mark Recce, head of delivery unit for Euston On Network Works, HS2 Ltd, said: “We are happy to be supporting Network Rail in their efforts to remove rail side graffiti around our worksite in Euston to improve the area for passengers. HS2 is committed to creating a clean, reliable and safe rail network, not only for passengers in the future, but also those who use it now.”
Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Rail minister, said: “We’ve been clear that the blight of graffiti on our railways must be tackled, and I am delighted to see Network Rail are focused on dealing with the problem.
“As we build back better removing graffiti across London will improve our railway and make stations and services more pleasant for passengers.”
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