Network Rail has successfully completed a vital project to clean up fly-tipping on the railway near Rotherham.

Earlier this month, a team from Network Rail spent three days removing rubbish which had been illegally dumped on the line between Masborough and Holmes and was an eyesore for passengers travelling along the route.

The litter, which had been left to rot, not only caused a blot on the landscape but also had the potential to interfere with the running of the railway and cause delays for passengers. The project saw a huge amount of litter cleared, including shopping trolleys, bicycles and plastic bottles.

The work was funded by a £1million package which Network Rail announced last week. The money will be used to tidy up the railways in England, Scotland and Wales.

Richard Owens, Head of Maintenance Delivery for Network Rail, said: “We are delighted that this important project is now complete. This work has removed an eyesore and will make the area much more pleasant for passengers who travel on this stretch of the railway.

“We would like to remind everyone that the railway is not a dumping ground for unwanted items. Fly-tipping is illegal and we work closely with the British Transport Police to tackle this type of behaviour.”

ENDS