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Work begins to clear vegetation from rail line at Golspie


By Ali Morrison

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Network Rail is removing trees and vegetation from beside the rail line in the Golspie area.

Network Rail say that trees and vegetation growing close to the railway line presents a hazard. Picture: Adobe Stock Images.
Network Rail say that trees and vegetation growing close to the railway line presents a hazard. Picture: Adobe Stock Images.

The work began last Saturday and is expected to take until July 10 to complete. It is being undertaken overnight from 8.30pm to 8am every day except Sunday.

Letters sent to householders living close to the rail line said between six to 12 metres of vegetation would be cleared on either side of the line, dependent on the topography.

A Network Rail representative said: "Over the past few years, vegetation management and incidents caused by vegetation cost the railway £100m.

"Storm, rain and wind events resulted in thousands of incidents where trees cause disruption to the network."

Network Rail said it would identify nesting birds in the area and "put appropriate methods of working in place."

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