Trackside graffiti clear-up
Northampton Borough Council has teamed up with Network Rail to clear graffiti from buildings on the trackside approaching Northampton.
Around ten buildings in the Rothersthorpe Road area that back onto the track and form a boundary with Network Rail land were covered in graffiti and did not give a good impression to people entering or leaving the town on trains slowing at the station.
Landlords of the buildings may well not have known that the graffiti was there, and anyway would have needed authorisation to gain access to the land to clear it.
The Borough Council approached Network Rail and both organisations have worked together to tackle the graffiti. It had been in place for so long it could not been removed, but has been painted over with anti-graffiti paint.
Councillor Tim Hadland, Cabinet member for planning, regeneration and enterprise at Northampton Borough Council, said: “We have a fantastic new station in our Enterprise Zone and in the centre of a town that is developing and growing. Graffiti affects the way people feel about a place and it is important to us that people get the very best possible impression of Northampton, whether they are arriving to visit or work or as potential investors in the town.
“We have a fantastic new station and now the first or last view that train users have of the town is much more welcoming.”
The work cost around £8,500.
Mark Killick, Area Director for Network Rail said: "Graffiti and other forms of vandalism are a menace to the railway network. Not only is the act unsightly but those who carry out this type of act put their lives and the lives of others at risk.
“We are happy to assist Northampton Borough Council to carry out this work and to help improve the first impression that visitors get when they visit the town.”