Monday 13 Mar 2017
Final stage of railway vegetation clearance in the Falmouth area
The final stage of work to clear vegetation near the railway between Penryn and Falmouth is set to take place later this month, completing a six-month period of work to make the railway safer and more efficient.
Ongoing vegetation management promotes safety and is more cost-effective than reacting to damage and delays caused by a fallen tree.
Work has been ongoing in these areas since September last year and where possible, work has been done during daylight hours to minimise the impact on residents.
However, cutting back trees that are already very close to the line is dangerous, so this work will be undertaken overnight to ensure the safety of our workforce.
Overnight vegetation clearance will take place in the Penryn area from March 20th until March 25th and in the Penmere area from 27th March to 1st April.
Residents living near the railway line received pre-notification letters to inform them of this work last month.
Environmental studies have been conducted prior to this work and trees have been examined to ensure that wildlife will not come to harm from the clearance of vegetation.
Paul James, Network Rail's project manager, said: “We would like to thank residents in advance for their patience as we undertake this essential work.
“This work can be noisy but we will do all we can to minimise the impact on local residents. Our 24/7 dedicated helpline is available for residents should they have any comments or concerns about this work.”
Network Rail’s dedicated national helpline is available 24/7 on: 03457 11 41 41.
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