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Published on : Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Last year across Britain around 1,000 trains collided with fallen trees or large branches – a number Network Rail is keen to reduce. Each year there are increased instances of trees and branches blocking or closing lines, disrupting passengers’ journeys.
The vegetation management work will take place between between Bebington, Port Sunlight and Spital in mid-August and September, ahead of the autumn.Cutting trees and vegetation back to a safe distance from the tracks allows train drivers to clearly see signals – the traffic lights of the railway – and to spot potential hazards as soon as possible.
The drop-in event takes place on Wednesday, 10 August between 4pm and 7pm at The Lyceum Club, Bath Street, Port Sunlight, Wirral CH62 4UJ. Network Rail staff will be on hand to explain why this work is important for railway safety and how they will tackle the challenge in the area.
Adrian Beaumont from Network Rail said: “Vegetation management is an essential part of railway maintenance and is crucial to keeping both trains and passengers safe on the railway network.
“We encourage those living near the railway to come along and understand the work we are doing and how it may affect them. Our project team will be on hand to answer any questions and address any concerns they may have.”