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Major investment in cleaner trains and stations

Posted: Monday 7 September 2009

Roving cleaners on the networkCityRail will boost the number of roving cleaners on the network by more than 50% and launch a major cleaning blitz across 15 'hotspot' stations. These and other initiatives make up a $2.4 million investment in delivering cleaner trains and stations for customers.

Recent improvements to the way we clean trains and stations have already resulted in a decrease in complaints – despite more people using the network. These new initiatives build on this success.

More roving cleaners

Our 61 roving cleaners currently care for trains operating between more than 46 stations across the network, picking up litter and reporting vandalism and train defects. Each week, roving cleaners remove around three tonnes of rubbish from trains.

In August 2009 we started to:

  • Increase the number of rover cleaners by 50 per cent.
  • Have rover cleaners working every day of the week.
  • Remove rubbish from trains between twice as many stations.

Station cleaning blitz

Our station cleaning blitz began in August and will cover 15 'hotspot' stations:

  • Central
  • Campsie
  • Caringbah
  • Circular Quay
  • Fairfield
  • Gosford
  • Kingswood
  • Liverpool
  • Meadowbank
  • Menangle
  • Newcastle
  • Newtown
  • St Peters
  • Strathfield
  • Wollongong

At these stations, we'll use high-pressure jet sprays to remove built-up dirt and grime, replaced damaged signs and carry out small-scale repairs.

At Gosford Station, the blitz will cover the station precinct and commuter car park. At Newcastle Station, it will also include the bus interchange.

Other initiatives

At the same time, CityRail will be introducing a suite of new initiatives aimed at improving train and station cleanliness:

  • New, quick-acting anti-graffiti paint for our Sydney-based trains
  • More thorough cleaning of intercity trains at Central, using stronger deodorisers and disinfectants
  • Newspaper recycling bins at 20 locations across the network from December.

CityRail will also work with police to identify opportunities to bring back general waste bins at low-risk stations.

How you can help

You can help keep our stations and trains clean by taking your rubbish with you and disposing of it thoughtfully. You can also report unclean or damaged trains by making a note of the carriage number and calling 131 500.