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Keeping it clean for the Olympics

05 October 2012

Much of what the FM industry’s contribution to the Olympic Games was behind the scenes, hidden from the public eye unless it went wrong – and fortunately there were very few cases when it did go wrong. One such example would have been the negative impact of graffiti on all the train lines into the Games, and in order to prevent this happening Network Rail launched its ‘Visual Image Impact’ cleanup programme before the Games began.

One of the contributors to this was Garrandale. It provided GraffStop Self Release clear and pigmented, which was used to great effect on several main line routes into London. Graffiti was successfully erased through the use of GraffStop products and a number of structures have now been protected against future attacks.

The GraffStop System is a range of anti-graffiti coatings, available as a single pack polymer, that can be used on a wide range of surfaces and, once the system has been applied, graffiti can be removed using only water.

Jim Nightingale, Maintenance Protection Coordinator Leicester, commented: "Prior to the Olympics, Network Rail ran a nationwide project to tidy up the railway which focused on graffiti and litter removal. On the Midland Main Line the key cities to benefit were Leicester, London and Nottingham where various lineside equipment cabinets and buildings were painted in light grey, whilst on bridges and walls anthracite, light grey, holly green or brick red was used.

"The intention was to rely on the deterrent effect of GraffStop to keep these assets in good condition, particularly for the duration of the Games when the eyes of the world were on London. Having rendered them water washable, they could easily be cleaned, negating the need for an application of fresh paint."

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