Network Rail set to clear section of track pre-upgrade

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People living close to tracks along the East-West rail route could soon see the area spruced up, thanks to Network Rail.

The company is set to launch a massive vegetation removal project along a section of track currently unused by trains.

Network Rail is carrying out de-vegetation clearance and lay of the land and winter ecology surveys along the section of track between Steeple Claydon and Bletchley.

This is in preparation for work which will upgrade the line between Claydon Junction and Bedford.

The section of track, which forms part of the East-West Rail scheme, will aim to re-establish a link between Oxford, Bedford, Aylesbury and Milton Keynes.

The work will be carried out along the live railway line in the coming months.

Ecologists will be on site throughout the works to assess potential bat roosts in trees, structures and buildings and to supervise the clearance work.

They will be aiming to ensure the work is carried out in a way that has the least impact on the local environment and residents living close to where it is taking place.

Anyone with questions regarding the de-vegetation work being carried out can call the Network Rail 24-hour helpline on 08457 114141.