With Penarth Town Council still waiting for action from Network Rail and Arriva Trains Wales to clear the second platform at Dingle Road station , a 30-foot-tall tree has now been dumped there.
The tree has joined the undergrowth, saplings, brambles and fly-tipped rubbish which has accumulated at the unmaintained station in full view of passengers on the opposite platform.
The environmental group the Friends of Dingle Park led by Robert Donaldson have been exchanging emails for months with Network Rail and Arriva Trains pressing for a clean-up of the station – but so far with little effect.
Twice Network Rail has dispatched someone to take a look at the accumulated debris . Twice they’ve promised to assign maintenance teams to clear it – and twice those maintenance teams have failed to materialise.
The Friends of Dingle Park say the tree – which is all in one piece – appears to have come from a nearby garden and looks as though it’s just been heaved over the wall and onto the platform and left there.
Dingle Station is very much the neglected and poor-relation of Penarth Town station.
There is no sign Windsor Road – directing visitors to the entrance of the narrow lane leading off Windsor Road which leads to the station and the bridge over the line.
At the other station entrance – on Dingle Road – passengers face intimidating graffiti painted on the walls of terraced houses on the opposite side of the road.
Graffiti has also appeared on the pedestrian bridge over the track – even though the station is under constant surveillance from CCTV cameras mounted on tall steel poles.
The station is not manned but there is a push button emergency system on the platform with which commuters can summon aid if required .