Giving back to communities along the East Coast Main Line
Volunteers from Network Rail and Ground Control have been supporting the Scottish Borders community group Abundant Borders and lineside neighbours, while vegetation management works continue along the East Coast Mainline between Lamberton and Reston.
Ground Control is contracted by Network Rail to deliver the vegetation management along this part of the railway. In January 2024, the partners teamed up as volunteers to say thank you to the lineside neighbours and adjacent communities for accommodating the contractors during these vital works.
Over two days, volunteers carried out strimming and planted over 550 trees, establishing a wildlife-friendly hedge and woodland area at the group’s Eyemouth garden.
On day two, volunteers carried out strimming and wood-stained the pavilion at the Duns garden.
Network Rail and Ground Control also contacted local lineside neighbours to offer disposal of natural Christmas trees from which the chippings are used in the local area. Bags of logs, generated from our works, were also distributed to the local community, to season at home for use in personal wood burners.
The vegetation project is being carried out along a six-mile stretch of the East Coast Main Line to manage trees and vegetation from land adjacent to the railway and within the railway boundary.
This work is needed to keep passengers safe and trains punctual while reducing the risk for lineside neighbours. If not managed, overgrown trees and vegetation close to the railway can become dangerous and pose safety risks to trains, our passengers, railway staff and contractors, lineside neighbours and adjacent land users and owners.
The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of March 2024.
Kirsty Armstrong, Scheme Project Manager for Network Rail said:
Pete Saunders from Abundant Borders commented:
Sarah Ellis, Operations Director for Ground Control said: