Tomatoes found growing in human sewage on a railway line in Essex

A rail union has attacked train companies after 'disgusting' pictures emerged showing tomatoes growing in human excrement on a commuter line in Essex.

Tomatoes on the track in Essex Credit: ITV News

The images were captured by a rail worker at Rochford on the Liverpool Street to Southend line.

The RMT has called on the government to ban train companies from using old carriages which release toilet sewage on to the track.

Credit: ITV News

The union claims the practice, which dates from the early days of rail travel, creates a serious hazard for track maintenance workers.

RMT General Secretary claimed the government had refused to take action:

It shames Britain's railways that tons of human excrement is being dumped straight on the tracks while the private train companies make huge profits and the Government does nothing. Not only does this create filthy and dangerous working conditions for rail staff who are routinely sprayed with this waste but it also shows that the Government are prepared to tolerate this scandal while greedy rail operators make a killing.

RMT will continue to fight for an end to this disgusting and dangerous practice and it’s the greedy, profiteering train companies who should foot the bill.

– Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary