January 2011 in Network Rail and Suppliers
Trees overhanging the line in Scotland are a concern for one reporter. It has been noted that large trees overhang the line between Dunkeld & Birnam station and Inverness, creating a tunnel effect in some areas.
It is felt by the reporter that Network Rail have done very little to address the issue, even since a train struck a tree in the area on 7 September. The reporter would like to see the affecting trees in the area removed before snowfall increases the risk of trees/branches fouling the line. Please comment.
The tree that was struck in the Dunkeld area had come from
beyond Network Rail's boundary. On the day in question our Lineside
Engineer attended on site and identified other trees that were at
risk and subsequently these have been removed.
Network Rail has commissioned a national lineside survey that is surveying all trees within and beyond our boundaries. This survey ranks all trees deemed to be at risk and then these are removed within a defined timescale. The route in question is currently having this survey carried out.
Over and above the national lineside survey Network Rail has a robust inspection and reporting regime in place to manage lineside vegetation and issues arising from these inspections.
Network Rail works closely with government agencies; local councils and Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). Prior to any tree cutting works, we also make certain that our lineside neighbours are advised when all tree cutting takes place.