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‘Disgraceful mess’: One of Melbourne’s newest train corridors completely covered in graffiti

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UPDATE

The CEO of PTV has promised Neil Mitchell the graffiti along the Frankston line will be cleaned “in the next few days”.

After going in circles yesterday, trying to get an answer as to who was responsible for the clean-up , Jeroen Weimar, CEO Public Transport Victoria today pointed the finger at Metro trains.

“I can be very clear with you, the responsibility of keeping the railway corridor and the stations clean, comfortable and clean of graffiti, is the responsibility of Metro trains under a contract between the state government and Metro trains,” Mr Weimar said.

“I spoke to my colleagues at Metro yesterday and we’ll get people down there in the next few days.”

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It hasn’t taken long for one of Melbourne’s newest public transport corridors to be completely covered by kilometres of graffiti.

After receiving a tip yesterday, Neil Mitchell sent producer Michael Hilder out to investigate.

Michael took the below video between Ormond and Patterson stations and it speaks for itself.

“It’s gone from being brand new and shiny to a disgraceful mess and no one’s doing anything about it,” Neil said.

“It’s one of the things the government boasts about and it’s some of the worst I’ve seen, it is a shocking mess.

“What do they think is going to happen once Skyrail goes up.”

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“It’s the sort of work that would take hours and hours to do, it goes for kilometres,” Michael told Neil.

The new stations along the Frankston line were finished in 2016.

Ron Bria, Director of Operations at Metro Trains, struggled to give Neil an answer on who actually has the responsibility of cleaning up the graffiti.

“Metro are responsible for cleaning graffiti within 50 metres of the station,” Mr Bria said.

“Who takes it outside that?” Neil asked.

“Well that’s between VicTrack and local council, we acknowledge that we all need to work closely as a community,” Mr Bria responded.

Neil asked Mr Bria no fewer than 12 times whose responsibility it is to clean up the mess and never got a straight answer.

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Nick Staikos, the member for Bentleigh, would not respond to request for comments, but Neil spoke with Asher Judah, the Liberal candidate.

“We call it the canyon of crime in Bentleigh,” Asher said.

“It’s a camp spot for a lot of the local vandals.

“These assets are owned by the state government, VicTrack, but they just won’t spend any money on it.”

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