Monday 17 Oct 2016
Network Rail Wales and Natural Resources Wales make tracks for partnership working
Communities in Wales will benefit from reduced flood risk and better rail links, thanks to a new agreement between Network Rail Wales and Natural Resources Wales (NRW).
The new agreement reinforces both organisations’ commitment to collaborate.
This will mean working together on preparing for the effects of severe weather and climate change, managing land and strengthening Wales’ natural and transport assets.
Both organisations have already helped each other on a number of coastal and river schemes. One example is joint work to remove debris and large cobbles from under railway bridges including the River Rhondda Fach Bridge at Porth. This ensures flood risk to the railway line and property upstream is reduced.
Andy Thomas, Network Rail Wales route managing director, said: “We are very pleased to be building on the collaborative partnership that already exists with Natural Resources Wales by signing this memorandum.
Partnership working is vital as we work to deliver our Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a better railway for passengers and communities across Wales and the borders. We look forward to building on the success of this positive and proactive working relationship with Natural Resources Wales in the future.”
Emyr Roberts, chief executive of Natural Resources Wales, said: “When organisations work together we can do more. So this agreement means the environment and rail users all benefit.
“It formalises the proactive working relationship that NRW and Network Rail Wales have built over recent years, particularly on how we manage the risks of floods to communities and the rail network.
“The recent State of Natural Resources Report emphasised that different organisations need to collaborate to improve the resilience of our environment, natural resources and ecosystems, and this partnership puts this principle into practice.”
Notes to Editors:
Natural Resources Wales is a Welsh Government Sponsored Body. Its purpose is to ensure that the natural resources of Wales are sustainably maintained, enhanced and used, now and in the future. For more information www.naturalresources.wales
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 36,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.