Terrible state of the lineside – RM readers voice concerns

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I AM a driver with a UK train operator and raised the issue of the state of the lineside about eight years ago with Network Rail, citing the points that both The RM and David Nattress made.  

Their answer?  “We and our contractors clean-up after every job and we recovered enough scrap rail to go to the moon and back.” (or something like that). They also asked that I point out to my manager where I saw materials dumped: as if I could; it is literally everywhere.  

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I also see all sorts of chemicals left to be absorbed, brand new materials delivered, which are then not used, nor recovered.  

Hard to believe this is one of London’s premier terminals, with vegetation on the tracks of platforms 1 and 2 more than three feet high. What kind of impression does this convey to passengers?  Picture: FRASER PITHIE

At this time of year, when Network Rail has to carry out emergency chopping-back to resolve a signal-sighting issue, I often see materials revealed that have been covered by plant growth.

It’s appalling. It makes my workplace depressing as it is literally like driving through a Third World rubbish dump, as it encourages fly-tipping and appears that nobody cares, and in this age of supposed increasing environmental awareness. 

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Network Rail’s ‘dark-ages’ stance on recognising and tackling the problem is backward to say the least

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Read more of this Letter and other Letters, Opinion, News and Features in the August 2019 issue of The RM –on sale now!

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Nigel Devereux

Railway Production Editor at Mortons Media Group Ltd.
Nigel Devereux is a Senior Lecturer in the School of English and Journalism. He has worked within the print publishing industry for 37 years. Nigel was editor of his hometown newspaper - The Horncastle News - from 1998-2001. Nigel is currently the senior sub-editor on The Railway Magazine, the UK’s biggest selling magazine for railway enthusiasts. He is also responsible for maintaining and updating several websites across the Mortons portfolio.
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