Before and after Network Rail’s “clean-up” of Dingle Road Station.

After scores of emails and months of delays, at long last a Network Rail maintenance has finally carried out a long-overdue  “clearance operation”  at Penarth’s Dingle Road Station … but the results have failed to impress local environmentalists.

The aim was to remove all the fly- tipped rubbish, brambles, weeds and overgrowth from the disused North-side platform .

The platform on the left is buried underneath bushes and flytipped rubbish

A tangled mess of brambles, refuse and even a 30-foot-long felled tree confronted commuters on the opposite platform every time they boarded a train at Dingle Road –  and gave visitors coming to Penarth by rail, an unfavourable impression of the civic standards of the town.

Robert Donaldson of the Friends of Dingle Park is keeping the pressure on Network Rail

The local environmental group “Friends of Dingle Park” – led by indefatigable campaigner Robert Donaldson had pressed for action, pushed every button and pulled every lever they could think of   .

It had taken months of complaining to everyone under the sun – ranging from Penarth Town Council and Stephen Doughty MP –  all the way up to cabinet minister Andrea Leadsom to get Network Rail to sort out Dingle Road Station’s  long-neglected platform.

Now – at least the 30-foot tree has been sawn up and disposed of ….but the rest of the rubbish has been left where it was by Network Rail – and it looks as though it could yet take many more months of campaigning to get the platform completely cleared and tidied  up

Because the station is part of the Network Rail estate, and subject to Health and Safety regulations,   local volunteers aren’t allowed to carry out work on railway property. It can only be done by trained railway staff wearing orange safety suits and helmets.


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  1. i commend the effort in complaining etc – but sadly in this day and age you have to do stuff yourself if you want action and the “rules” often make this impossible.
    im pretty sure a organised clean up could be done safely – it would only take a couple of people with a bit of life in them a couple of hours.
    mind you network rail will probably want to send 8 with no life in them – all billing a days work

    • Tim says:

      Can you imagine the Health & Safety performance of allowing people near the railway line? There’d need to be all sorts of inspections and identity cards and lavatory facilities and privacy assured for anyone going in and out of the Portaloo.
      A jobsworth’s idea of heaven.

  2. Simon says:

    I don’t imagine Network Rail has a high regard for Penarth either – bunch of rabble chucking 30 foot trees over the fence and then expecting someone else to clear it up.

  3. Why not this weekend —- no trains —–again and each normal service Sunday, 2 hours gap of trains

  4. snoggerdog says:

    is it because its the nesting season and there must be a shedload of wildlife in & on that disused platform we are all contributing to the loss of habitat, please wait til later in the year its only cosmetic & a platform is only tarmac & stone.

    • Robert says:


    • Duncan says:

      Yes, you can watch the sparrows in the bushes as you wait for your train. I don’t know what is going to be so attractive about a bare expanse of Tarmac and concrete anyway. Something that looks like Grange Town station is not much of a step up.

  5. If that platform is cleaned up who is going to use it? its not needed or used for passengers , it cannot be used safely by the general public . I realise it will look tidier cleaned up and more appealing but what is it going to be used for? who is going to maintain it once cleaned up? and once it is cleaned up you can be sure as eggs is eggs we will have some idiots using it as some sort of meeting point and it wouldn’t be too much to imagine youngsters ( teenagers )running back and forth across the rail track . The only reason it does not happen now is because of its very condition . So think what you want? and what for? before cleaning it up.

  6. Robert says:

    Well said. Becarefull what you wish for……………..

  7. Jessica says:

    I hope network rail do not clear the disused platform. I love hearing the birds as I wait for the train. All it needs is a bit of rubbish removal (and another waiting shelter on the existing platform!).

  8. Russell Dobbins says:

    The unused platform is not “fly-tipped”. It’s mostly vegetation. Hardly an eyesore and actually very good for wildlife.

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