Wigan tunnel spruced up as Network Rail carries out £2m spring clean to clear graffiti

A £2m spring clean has tackled the “eyesore” of graffiti on Britain’s railways, including at a grot-spot in Wigan.

By Neil Lancefield, PA
Tuesday, 12th April 2022, 4:55 am

Network Rail said its teams removed and painted over graffiti at hotspots and applied anti-graffiti paint to deter people from targeting the same areas in future.

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It described graffiti as “an expensive and dangerous problem”.

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Work to clear up the graffiti

More than 450 sites in south-east London were cleaned, while thousands of graffiti tags have been removed across the West Midlands over the past 12 months, ahead of Birmingham hosting the Commonwealth Games this summer.

Graffiti was also removed from a footbridge in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, at Burley Park station in Leeds and a road tunnel in Wigan.

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 extremely hard to remove graffiti and to make the railway more inviting.

“This is no easy task and cannot be done overnight but I know that this investment will make a real difference to communities and our passengers across the country.”

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “A railway journey offers the chance to take some time out, sit back and enjoy the view.

“So it’s a shame to have it spoilt by unsightly graffiti.

“I’ve asked Network Rail to tackle this problem and they are working hard to remove these eyesores, making our railways and surrounding areas more appealing and welcoming for all.”