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Vegetation Management Works — Jodrell Bank to Alderley Edge

I am writing to inform you that Network Rail needs to remove vegetation affecting railway operations near to you as part of our strategy to deliver a better railway for Britain. The aim of this letter is to explain where, when and why these works will occur.

Works will be undertaken from 22.50pm to 05:1Sam from the 28109 to 0211012015 (4 x midweek night shifts). The works will require the removal and/or cutting back of general vegetation and/or trees to clear vegetation from the overhead line equipment using a Flail Mowing Machine. No work is proposed at the boundary as there is no risk or danger to the passage of trains.

Linesrde vegetation can obscure signals, get blown onto the tracks, or grow to an extent where our staff do not have a safe place to wait whilst trains pass. Vegetation management can also help prevent leaves falling on the line which hampers train acceleration and braking.

Before works start Network Rail or our representatives carry out an ecological survey. Any protected species or nesting birds are identified and appropriate methods of working are put into place. Although the works do not require the submission of a planning application, where appropriate we will notify your local authority and any relevant statutory bodies.

To undertake these works, we will use a variety of equipment that can include chainsaws, flail machines, chipping machines or handsaws. Where suitable, logs and branches will either be left to create a safe habitat for wildlife; chipped and spread evenly; or will be completely removed from site.

Works will often be required to take place when trains are not running, but every effort is made to keep controllable noise to a minimum and our staff are briefed on working responsibly in the local community. I hope this information is helpful and we apologise for any inconvenience these essential works may cause. However, if you have any additional questions or concerns, please visit www.networkrail.co.uk or telephone our 24-Hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

Yours sincerely

Sarah McArdle
Community Relations Manager

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