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18/11/2013 10:29 GMT | Updated 18/11/2013 10:35 GMT

Trains Dumping Toilet Waste On Liverpool Street Station Tracks Prompt Online Petition

Workers are seen inspecting a 1,300-tonne bridge, part of the East London Line extension into Shoreditch, which partially collapsed near Liverpool Street station, London, England, Wednesday, May 28, 2008.  The 1,300-tonne bridge had been inched across existing railway tracks using hydraulic rams, as part of the East London Line extension into Shoreditch.  Around 300 passengers on three trains which had stopped before entering the station, had to walk along tracks to Bethnal Green. There were no reports of any injuries. (AP Photo/Felipe Trueba)
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Workers are seen inspecting a 1,300-tonne bridge, part of the East London Line extension into Shoreditch, which partially collapsed near Liverpool Street station, London, England, Wednesday, May 28, 2008. The 1,300-tonne bridge had been inched across existing railway tracks using hydraulic rams, as part of the East London Line extension into Shoreditch. Around 300 passengers on three trains which had stopped before entering the station, had to walk along tracks to Bethnal Green. There were no reports of any injuries. (AP Photo/Felipe Trueba)

Faeces-dumping trains in London's Liverpool Street Station have prompted disgruntled commuters to start a petition to get the practice banned.

Toilet waste from Greater Anglia trains is regularly dumped straight onto the tracks within the station.

The e-petition started by Anne Arcus says: "Toilet waste is dropped directly onto the track from many Greater Anglia trains. Liverpool Street is a covered station and so this waste is not washed away or subject to natural weathering processes.

"I believe this is health hazard for passengers and rail workers.

"This practice should be stopped, it is not reasonable that vast numbers of people using Liverpool Street are being exposed to the risks associated with raw sewage on a daily basis."

Arcus wrote to Greater Anglia trains who said they do not have any plans to change the toilet systems on board their trains.

Transport minister, Lady Kramer, was confronted on the issue in the House of Lords last week.

She said: "This is just utterly disgusting and I think it does speak to the fact that customer service has not always been at the centre of railways because customers I think are very concerned about this issue … we could indeed use some help from the industry in trying to tackle that problem."

Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary, said the practice was a "shocking indictment on the state of our railways 20 years after privatisation".

He added: "Not only is it a filthy way of disposing of human waste, but it also poses real health risks and dangers for RMT members out there working on the tracks.

"To claim that the union has not repeatedly raised the issue within the industry is complete nonsense and we will now be renewing our campaign, alongside the passenger groups, to end this appalling practice once and for all."

The petition currently only has 55 signatories but if it reaches 100,000 then it may be debated in the Commons.