Network Rail is currently undertaking tree works throughout the borough to clear trees and vegetation within 6.5m of the train tracks and also large trees within falling distance of their land. This is a national standard of vegetation works, which is carried out throughout the country along the rail network for safety reasons.
As a Statutory Undertaker, Network Rail do not require formal consent and the council is unable to intervene or stop the works. We have been in contact with the contractor carrying out the works to ensure only the specific safety works are undertaken and that as much vegetation is retained where possible within the specification criteria.
Residents in close proximity of the works will receive a letter from Network Rail informing them of the works and when they are likely to take place. If there are any issues or concerns they should be addressed to Network Rail directly on the following telephone number 03457 114141.
More information is also available here: https://www.networkrail.co.uk/communities/environment/vegetation-management/