Network rails’ £2 million investment to tackle graffiti on the railway

Network rails’ aim for this investment is to push a heavy focus on removing graffiti throughout the railways in the UK. The 2 million pound funding has been issued across Network Rail’s routes and will rectify the rail’s infrastructure which has been vandalized in hotspot areas.

The Network Rail chief executive, Andrew Haines said: “We have a wonderful and historic railway in Britain with engineering marvels spanning back to Victorian times, but all too often it is blighted by unsightly graffiti and vandalism which is an eyesore for our passengers and railway neighbours. Our teams have been working hard to remove graffiti and make the railway look more inviting. However it is no easy task and cannot be completed overnight, but I know that this investment will make a real difference to communities and our passengers across the country.”

Furthermore, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said,” Everyone should feel safe when traveling on our railways, and graffiti isn’t just an eyesore, it can also make passengers feel that railways are unkept and unwelcoming.”

Network Rail’s regional teams have targeted specific problem areas and the funding has been used to send teams over to remove and repaint graffiti which is harder to get rid of. Furthermore, these teams are applying anti-graffiti paint where it is possible to do so in order to deter people from using the same areas in the future.

Over 450 sites around the southeast have been graffiti-cleared, including high-profile sites such as Hungerford Bridge, which crosses the River Thames from the Charing Cross Station, and the Bermondsey dive-under in London.

Overall, graffiti can be seen as artwork to some people, however, the reality is that it creates a costly and dangerous problem for the railway as the costs to repair can be substantial, additionally, the risk for those trespassing on the railway offers tragic consequences or life-changing injuries for those who choose to take part in this illegal activity. 

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