August 2009 in Network Rail and Suppliers
The poor state of the access road to Basford House (off Gresty Road at the Basford Old Railway Sidings) following contractual work is a great concern for one reporter.
According to the reporter, contractors were hired by Network Rail to carry out work on the road located after the second railway crossing. Following this work, two thirds of the access road at this location was left with debris and ballast that has been pushed onto the road by the machinery used. The debris is said to consist of mud, stone and railway fittings.
The reporter fears that the debris and ballast that has been left on the access road is a hazard to motorcyclists and cyclists that use the road, as they could be thrown off their bikes if they were to catch this material on their tyres. This danger is increased when motorcyclists and cyclists have to move over to allow vehicles to pass on this stretch of the access road. It is also a hazard to pedestrians that use this road as it could result in them slipping or falling. The hazards posed by this situation are magnified at night when visibility is poor.
The reporter believes that a short term resolution to the problem involves clearing the ballast and debris from this location as a matter of urgency. A long term resolution to this problem, as seen by the reporter, would be to dig up the current ballast at this location and lay permanent material.
Can Network Rail look into the possibility of carrying out both the short term and long term resolutions to this problem?
The contamination to the access road was caused during the construction of a new road/rail access point and the road has now been cleaned of all debris.