Vegetation

Our work clearing vegetation by the railway helps to keep trains running safely and on time

We receive many enquiries about our vegetation work and know that the decisions we take are important, especially for our lineside neighbours – anyone who lives, or runs a business, within 500 metres of the railway.

We understand that cutting back vegetation can be unsettling for those who live nearby and have grown used to the trees or hedges in the local area.

To find out more about how we manage vegetation by the railway, please click on the links below.

How we work sensitively with nature to maintain a safe, reliable railway.

How we work sensitively with nature to maintain a safe, reliable railway.

How we take care in ensuring lineside clearances are handled correctly and sensitively.

How we take care in ensuring lineside clearances are handled correctly and sensitively.

On 28 November 2018, the DfT published the findings of the Varley Review of Network Rail’s approach to vegetation management in England and Wales.

Andrew Haines, Network Rail chief executive, said: “I welcome the Varley Review, in particular the opportunity it gives Network Rail to develop an ambitious vision for increasing biodiversity on the railway.  Over the next six months we will develop a costed plan to deliver the aims and recommendations of this report. We will also improve the way we operate to better protect nesting birds, ready for next year’s breeding season.

Read the Varley review

On 28 November 2018, the DfT published the findings of the Varley Review of Network Rail’s approach to vegetation management in England and Wales. Andrew Haines, Network Rail chief executive, said: “I welcome the Varley Review, in particular the opportunity it gives Network Rail to develop an ambitious vision for increasing biodiversity on the railway.  Over the next six months we will develop a costed plan to deliver the aims and recommendations of this report. We will also improve the way we operate to better protect nesting birds, ready for next year’s breeding season. Read the Varley review

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