Saturday, 19 August 2017

Pledge of gantries meetings

NETWORK Rail has promised to hold public meetings following complaints over its electrification works in the

NETWORK Rail has promised to hold public meetings following complaints over its electrification works in the Goring area.

The company is installing steel gantries that will hold overhead power lines but the Goring and South Stoke Railway Action Group says these are out of keeping with the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

It believes the work is unlawful as there was no consultation beforehand and it plans to appoint a lawyer to mount a legal challenge.

Network Rail says the style for the gantries is the only one that meets the laws on public safety and saving energy.

However, the company says it will continue meeting objectors in the hope of agreeing a solution.



A spokeswoman said: “We continue to work with the group on our work through this area and are keen to explore options with them and the Chilterns Conservation Board for mitigating any impact.

“Wider consultation in the form of one or more public drop-in sessions is also being planned and we will publicise details of these once they are confirmed.”



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