Network Rail invites residents to find out more about tree cutting

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Ahead of work to cut back trees and vegetation on the railway between East Kilbride and Glasgow, Network Rail is inviting local people to ‘drop-in’ to find out more about the work.

Clearing the trees and vegetation along the eleven-mile railway corridor will begin this month and will enable further site and geological investigation(SI/GI) which will inform proposals for future investment in the railway.

As well as vegetation clearance, this work will include a general tidy up and will address any issues with fencing uncovered as the vegetation is cleared. It will be delivered in a combination of both day and night time working, including at weekends.

The drop-ins will be held on:

Monday, September 9; 4-7pm

Pollok Ex Serviceman’s club

Crossmyloof

Wednesday, September 11; 4-7pm

Giffnock Library

Station Road

Ahead of work starting Network Rail has undertaken all necessary environmental and ecological surveys to identify any protected species or nesting birds in the area – though work has been planned for the end of bird nesting season. If any species are identified though, appropriate methods of working will be put into place.

The equipment which will be used to clear the vegetation will include chainsaws, and chipping machines as well as ‘on track’ plant and machinery.

Katie Vollbracht, Network Rail’s senior sponsor for the programme said: “Given the scale and duration of this work, we will be offering local people the chance to come along to community drop-ins to find out more about what we are doing and to ask any questions direct to the project team.

“We understand that this work will be noisy and inconvenient at times but hope that the opportunity to come along, find out more information and ask any questions is useful and will help people understand why we have to carry out this work.”

If people cannot make it along to the drop-ins, they can ask any questions or raise any concerns by contacting Network Rail on 03457 11 41 41.