Council takes action over rubbish at Charlton station

Greenwich Council has served an enforcement notice against Network Rail over rubbish left at the entrances to Charlton station, the Charlton Rail Users Group heard last week.

Rats have been seen scurrying around the station, after the rail company failed to clean up fast food debris and other rubbish thrown in the bushes.

Network Rail is responsible for the areas around the station – including the area covered by canopies next to the 486 bus stop – while Southeastern is responsible for the station itself.

Neighbours of other stations down the Greenwich line have also reported problems with rubbish left on linesides.

London Travelwatch’s Tim Bellenger told the group’s meeting the company often only cleans up rubbish after councils or individuals threaten legal action.

Other issues dealt with at the meeting:

– The Olympic timetable cuts – see 853 for more.

– Southeastern plans to repaint Charlton station to “create a more friendly environment”, while mobile staff are being recruited to look after platform areas at Charlton and neighbouring stations.

– The problem of five-car trains stopping at the far end of the London-bound platform was raised. Again. Southeastern’s operations manager had investigated and said all was working properly, and that customer information screens would report on how long each train was. However, it was pointed out from the floor that the screens haven’t shown this information for 18 months.

– The lift onto the London-bound platform, opened with great fanfare in 1999, now has to be operated by staff for safety reasons.

The group’s next public meeting is likely to be in the autumn. For more information, e-mail CRUG [at]

2 thoughts on “Council takes action over rubbish at Charlton station

  1. Abstractnoise May 16, 2011 / 23:20

    I was told in writing by Southeastern a year or so ago (part of a bigger complaint) that they are unable to provide train length info on the screens as they cannot be sure to cover all eventualities at the time of entering the information, which is why that information is never on the screens. One would think though that the driver ought to know how long their train is as they approach, and pick the right stop point. There are signs up, I assumed for that very reason!

  2. London TravelWatch May 19, 2011 / 12:45

    It’s true that often the threat of legal action is the only way to get train companies or Network Rail to take responsibility for cleaning up. We have been actively campaigning on this issue for years. Several years ago, we issued guidance to encourage to get railways stations and land cleared up. It explains how individuals can use the law to get rid of litter around stations and lines. It is slightly old, but all the advice is still relevant.

    London TravelWatch’s Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish:

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