NSW Trainlink has turned the heat back on V/Line for the provision of security at Albury rail station to prevent acts of graffiti vandalism to its trains.
CCTV footage of the weekend damage to a V/Line carriage stationed at Albury will be handed over to NSW Police to assist with an investigation if requested.
But, NSW Trainlink confirmed it doesn’t stable trains at Albury station overnight and as a result there was no dedicated security to look after trains.
”NSW TrainLink and V/Line work closely together to serve our customers at Albury Station,” a NSW Trainlink spokesperson said.
“But the security of trains, particularly those not in service, is the responsibility of each operator.
“We have CCTV cameras at the station for the safety of our customers and staff and to protect our facilities.
“Mobile security also patrol the station at night time and on the weekend.”
Albury Police confirmed investigations into the weekend graffiti attack was still ongoing with the CCTV footage expected to be viewed in coming days.
Albury MLA Greg Aplin hoped the CCTV footage would lead to the vandals being caught.
“I understand the police are investigating and are accessing whatever material is available,” he said.
“It is disgraceful the amount of graffiti that lines train routes.
“It is an epidemic in many ways and we just have to jump on it whenever we can to identify the perpetrators and take enforcement action.
“It’s up to Trainlink and police to follow through on this one.”
Mr Aplin said the placement of the CCTV cameras to best protect rail staff and passengers was the responsibility of NSW Trainlink.
Benambra MLA Bill Tilley initially raised concerns about the security measures put in place by the Victorian Government to protect trains stationed overnight in Albury.
V/Line has urged anyone with information about the graffiti incident or noticed any suspicious behaviour at the Albuy station to contact NSW Police or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.