HC Deb 27 November 2003 vol 415 cc434-5W
Tom Brake

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent discussions he has had with(a) Network Rail and (b) train operating companies on the collection of litter; [142514]

(2) what standards apply to the levels of cleanliness in and around rail stations; and what fines can be levied for failure to maintain railway premises free of litter. [142515]

Mr. McNulty

No recent discussions have taken place over the collection of litter at stations. It is a condition of station access agreements between the train operating companies and Network Rail, that the station and any adjoining road frontage be kept free from refuse, and in a clean and tidy condition.

Section 91 and 92 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 confers powers on councils and magistrates courts to enforce the duty to clear litter from railway land. Where litter abatement orders or notices are not complied with, those responsible would be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a maximum Level 4 fine.

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