The President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Bill Bryson, has started a drive to get the nation's railways cleared of litter.
Network Rail and train operators are legally obliged to keep their stations, sidings and approaches clear of litter. If they do not then they can be forced to do so via the law using a 'litter abatement order'.
The CPRE has published a guide on-line that explains how to do this . For the order to be granted it has to be shown that litter was never cleared and requests for it to be taken away were left unheeded. This costs between Â£80 and Â£200, which is returnable if the presiding magistrate says it is valid.
"This is not a complicated or controversial issue. Organisations responsible for public land are required to keep it clear of litter. If they are not taking this responsibility seriously, we all have the power to compel them to do so" Bill Bryson said.
Bryson is presenting an order to stations in Cambridgeshire and other stations (London Bridge, St Austell, Hersham, Ainsdale, Clacton-on-Sea and Gravesend) are being targeted by campaigners.
Bill Bryson is an American best-selling author, a holder of the OBE and the 11th Chancellor of Durham University (but has announced he will step down this year).