Monday 10 Nov 2003


Region & Route:
South East
Network Rail realises that the tree felling is an emotive issue, but there are a number of safety considerations that we must address. It is essential that drivers can clearly see signals which can often be obscured by branches. Also each autumn, leaves falling onto the railhead are compressed by passing trains causing a ‘teflon’ like layer on the rail, hampering braking.  This part of the country is particularly susceptible to rail adhesion problems. Furthermore during high winds, there is also an increased risk of trees falling onto the line. Although we recognise that this is not visually appealing to residents it is absolutely necessary for the safety for passengers and staff and this is Network Rail’s primary concern.

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