Friday 19 Mar 2010
HEREFORD SCORES A WINNING GOAL WITH RAIL CLEAN-UP
Network Rail is joining forces with Herefordshire Council to spruce up the surroundings of the city’s gateway. A clean-up squad will be clearing away masses of rubbish illegally dumped near to Hereford railway station from 22 to 24 March, in time for the Blind World Cup.
The Network Rail and council-owned properties adjacent to Barrows Court Road and Commercial Road are blighted by all sorts of litter. The rubbish is not only an eyesore but could also cause problems to the operation of the railway.
At least three tonnes of rubbish are expected to be removed during the three-day operation. On top of this effort, Network Rail will be clearing overgrown invasive vegetation and the council will also be placing extra rubbish bins along the footway on the railway bridge to deter the public from littering.
Jack Hitchcock, western maintenance director for Network Rail, said: “There is a big problem with littering in this area and this type of behaviour is inconsiderate. Not only is it an eyesore, it may also encourage vermin onto the railway embankment and the surrounding areas.
“This clean-up will help make a massive difference to the area, making it more welcoming for the big event this August and greatly improve the environment for the community. After everyone’s hard work we hope the area remains clean and tidy, and we will be working closely with the council to stamp out this problem.”
Amey Colas is carrying out the work on behalf of the council.
Ruth Kinsella, watchman in chief, Amey said: “Amey is delighted to be working with Network Rail and the council on this project, maximising the positive impact on the environment and the local community”
Fly-tipping on the railway is illegal and carries a fine of up to £1000. Each year Network Rail spends large amounts of money removing fly-tipped rubbish and litter from railway property – money that could otherwise be invested in improving the railway.
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