Thursday, 19 October 2017

Pressure kept on rail firm

NETWORK RAIL has been asked for details of every meeting it held before it began electrification

NETWORK RAIL has been asked for details of every meeting it held before it began electrification work at Goring.

The parish council is requesting all notes and correspondence on the project, both internally and with outside bodies, under the Freedom of Information Act.

The company began installing steel gantries along the line this spring. These will hold overhead power cables on the Great Western main line from London to Oxford.

Residents say the structures spoil the area’s rural atmosphere and believe they are unlawful because Network Rail failed to consult, which it is obliged to do. They say they want a more sympathetic design.

Council chairman Kevin Bulmer said: “Network Rail seems to be arguing ‘We didn’t make a very good job of it but tough’.



“I’m disappointed but not terribly surprised.”

Earlier this year the company said it would hold public drop-in sessions but is yet to announce a date for these. Protesters are threatening a legal challenge if there is not a satisfactory response.

Network Rail says the work had to be carried out as soon as possible in order for passengers to benefit from faster electric trains.



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