Rail commuters to blame for mess

BROKEN glass, rubbish, strewn newspapers, the stench of urine and even a syringe disposal unit — this is the first impression visitors have of St Marys when they alight from the Queen Street side of the station.

The Star has echoed resident Patricia Guy's calls for the community to clean up its act after seeing the problem for ourselves last week.

Bins were only metres away from most of the litter and rubbish-filled garden beds at the station looked as though they hadn't been cleaned for weeks.

"What if a small child fell over in the broken glass?" Mrs Guy said.

"Commuters cause the litter but Sydney Trains should be cleaning it up as it leaves an impression that no one cares.

"If it were cleaned every day, people would take pride in the area."

Commuters agreed that beer bottles and cigarette butts were a problem at the bus bays, despite the no smoking and alcohol-free zone signs.

One of the biggest complaints was about two sticky patches embedded with broken glass that have been there for a month.

A Penrith Council spokesman urged commuters to contact the station master with concerns about the station's surrounds and bus bays.

A Sydney Trains spokesman said it was aware of the problem and would remove the bottles as ‘‘as soon as possible’’.

 ‘‘Regular cleaning around the station surrounds is carried out weekly,’’ he said. 

‘‘Any customer who notices rubbish is encouraged to contact the station staff.’’ 

Mrs Guy had this plea for commuters: 

‘‘Have respect for yourself and each other by doing the right thing.’’ 

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