Tuesday 25 Apr 2006


Region & Route:
Scotland’s Railway: Scotland
Unsightly graffiti on railway land near Glasgow’s Central Station has been given the heave-ho after Network Rail carried out £60,000 of remedial works. Around five miles of track had been blighted by vandals in the Eglinton Street area of Glasgow. But £6,000 of specialist paint and 1,320 man hours later, the area has been returned to tip-top condition. Richard Lungmuss, Territory Maintenance Director, said: “Graffiti had made a real mess of the area near Central Station, and left a bad impression for visitors to the city. Passengers will see a tremendous difference now the works are complete. “We’d urge passengers to help us keep it clean by reporting any trespass or vandalism to the British Transport Police. Not only is graffiti unsightly, but people who trespass on the railway put lives at risk.” The work included removing graffiti from lineside buildings, walls, bridges and track equipment, as well as removing overgrown plants and shrubs. Strong, 2m high palisade fencing has also been erected to help keep trespassers at bay. Members of the public can report crime on the railway to the British Transport Police on: 0800 40 50 40.

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