The build up of rubbish at most train stations is disgusting.
Some stations now have transparent refuse sacks so the public can throw away or recycle their rubbish. This should be extended to all stations.
- 1 Terence Eden reported the issue on FixMyTransport. close 11:25 01 Sep 2011
Terence Eden wrote to Network Rail
11:25 01 Sep 2011
Here is the letter that Terence Eden wrote.
Place rubbish bins in the station
The build up of rubbish at Waterloo station is beginning to reach comical proportions. See the image at http://twitpic.com/5xkceo
Every morning I'm confronted with piles of rubbish left on the floor or on any available surface. All because there are no publicly accessible rubbish bins.
I realise that there are some security concerns about rubbish bins - but many stations use transparent refuse sacks which seem to work well.
Please can you install rubbish bins at the earliest available opportunity.
Dear Mr Eden,
Thank you for your comments.
Your picture shows the peak hour subway at Waterloo which is regularly patrolled by our cleaners and was free of litter when I checked earlier today.
Equipment cabinets of the type in your picture are normally provided with sloping tops - something which was unfortunately overlooked in this installation, so they provide a convenient flat surface for the morning peak commuters to leave their empty coffee cups and newspapers. I will ask our maintenance team to look at the possibility of retrofitting sloping tops to these cabinets, which will hopefully help to dissuade people from leaving their litter at the station.
I will also pass your comments to our contract cleaner and request that they visit the area more regularly during the morning peak time.
Public waste bins were removed from railway stations after a device exploded at Victoria station in 1991. There are no current plans to reinstate the bins, but The Department for Transport has recently permitted some stations to provide clear waste bags. This is something which they look at on an individual station basis, and we have been discussing the issue with a view to providing a solution which will help with our waste recycling initiative whilst maintaining the appropriate level of safety.
I hope this fully answers your question, but please contact me again if you would like to discuss this matter further.
Network Rail Station Management
CP2-4-G General Offices
London SE1 8SW
- 4 Myf Nixon commented close 14:43 08 Sep 2011
Shaun McDonald commented
10:47 10 Jul 2012
Surely if no similar incident has happened in the past 21 years, it's about time that the safety risk is reassessed. They have also started using clear bags to reduce the risk at other stations, so why not all stations. The lack of rubbish bins is one of the most annoying features of UK train stations.