Stoke-on-Trent residents invited to learn about upcoming railway vegetation work: Network Rail engineers clearing overgrown vegetation

Monday 23 Oct 2017

Stoke-on-Trent residents invited to learn about upcoming railway vegetation work

London North Western

Network Rail is inviting residents living near the railway between Longport and Wedgwood to an information event to find out more about upcoming railway vegetation work.

The vegetation management work, which is scheduled to take place from November until the end of December 2017 along the 6 mile section of route between Kidsgrove Junction and Sideway Junction, is required to keep train passengers and staff safe.

Work will start in rural areas before moving into more residential areas and the majority of the work will be done during the day, however for safety reasons there may be some vegetation that can only be removed at night when the trains are not running.  Where possible Network Rail’s arborist will recommend retaining vegetation that will not compromise safety however there is a significant amount of work to be undertaken.

Last year around 1,000 trains collided with fallen trees or large branches - a number Network Rail is keen to reduce. Each year there are many more instances of trees and branches blocking or closing lines, disrupting train passengers’ journeys. 

Cutting foliage back a safe distance from the tracks enables train drivers to clearly see signals - the traffic lights of the railway - and to spot potential hazards as soon as possible.

At the event - on Wednesday 1 November  2017 between 4pm and 7pm at Fenton Hub, Christchurch Street, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 3AE - Network Rail staff will be on hand to explain why this work is so important for railway safety and how they will tackle the challenge in this area.

Chris Littler, programme manager for Network Rail, said: “We encourage our lineside neighbours to come along to understand the work we are doing and any impact it will have on them.

“Our project team will be there to answer any questions from residents and address any concerns they may have.

“We work with ecologists and arborists in all our vegetation management work to find the best way of cultivating a respectful balance between Britain’s lineside biodiversity and ensuring a safe, efficient railway.”

For further information contact Network Rail’s national helpline on 03457 114 141.

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