Published on : Tuesday, September 6, 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 Chorley station and Alker Lane and forms part of Network Rail’s project to electrify the line between Preston and Manchester.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 Tuesday, 6th September 2016 from 4pm to 7pm at St. Joseph’s Parish Centre, Harpers Lane, Chorley, PR6 0HR. 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, project manager for 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.”