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27.06.12

Network Rail tree felling must undergo consultation – MP

An MP has criticised Network Rail’s tree felling policy and is calling for transport minister Theresa Villiers to ensure proper consultation takes place.

Network Rail fells hundreds of miles of trees along its tracks to uphold safety and avoid delays. The company states this is cheaper than repeated pruning across such a large area. Trees by the tracks can obscure signals and weaken embankments, while leaves on the line can cause delays.

Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn is calling for clearer consultation, as residents can object to tree removal that leaves their gardens exposed.

He told BBC News: “Clearly, moving trees away that are very near to signalling equipment and the line, that is necessary. I understand and accept that.

“But the management of the vegetation alongside a track is part and parcel of railway management and they should just accept that and factor it into their budget.”

MPs are to debate the issue today in Parliament’s Westminster Hall.

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

Comments

Tommy   28/07/2014 at 22:43

talking about tree felling,i have been trying for ages to get a department of scotrail which deals with tree felling in north lanarkshire.These trees and large shrubs have taken over the pavement access to my estate and we have to walk along a very busy road to avoid them,has anyone any idea who i should be calling to have them removed,cheers.

RTM   29/07/2014 at 09:03

Hi Tommy, try this link: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/contact-us/online-forms/vegetation-and-trees/

Tommy   29/07/2014 at 22:38

thanks for the link to networkrail.

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