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Dalgety Bay Tree & Environmental Work

Dalgety Bay Tree & Environmental Work

Network Rail recently carried out tree and vegetation management work at Dalgety Bay station. The work aims to reduce leaf fall volume and improve operational safety.

Network Rail has already undertaken tree and vegetation management in this location within its boundary, but it has not been able to stop the problems from arising. This means we are now having to carry out tree and vegetation works outside our boundary on third party land. The trees outside the boundary are nearly all high-risk species during leaf fall season.

Through the management of lineside trees and vegetation, we aim to protect the safety of the operational railway. This keeps our passengers safe and punctual and protects our neighbours from harm. In autumn, leaves on the line can affect train wheel traction to the rail which affects breaking distances, acceleration, and interferes with our signalling systems. As a result, Network Rail has started tree and vegetation management work at Dalgety Bay station.

Our tree and vegetation management involves a lot of planning and thought and is a coordinated effort between different professionals within our teams. It also involves liaising with stakeholders including landowners, the local authority, Nature Scot and Scottish Forestry.

Ecologists have been involved from the outset to identify a number of trees, including a proportion of the high leaf fall species, to be retained for biodiversity reasons, such as trees with bat roost potential. They have also conducted surveys for breeding birds and other protected species.

Once felling and removal of trees was completed, Network Rail replanted the felled woodland areas with native trees and shrubs and will nurture these to manage the regrowth of woodland, to improve biodiversity and to offset the impact of the work on the local area. This will be maintained for up to five years. The tree species which will be replanted are not large leaved and will therefore greatly reduce the impact that leaf fall has to the safe operation of the railway in this area. When replanting, to protect the newly planted trees and shrubs, biodegradable tree shelters will be used instead of plastic, as a more environmentally friendly option.

Network Rail has also implemented the ecology measures that had been promised which includes:

  • Selectively retaining trees to create a commuting corridor for wildlife,
  • Installation of 17 bat and 6 bird boxes which will enhance the already present natural features, for immediate use by wildlife,
  • The creation of habitat piles at intervals along the site, created from some of the felled material to support invertebrates and insects which contribute to improving the overall diversity of the lineside,
  • Retaining several high stumps which have had a variety of cuts and incisions added to them, to provide a variety of crevices for invertebrates and to open up the wood for colonisation of wood decay fungi, which will also result in various cavities caused by rot,
  • We have also had bat roost features added to other trees in a bid to retain them,
  • When replanting, to protect the newly planted trees and shrubs, biodegradable tree shelters were used instead of plastic, as a more environmentally friendly option.

Project Timeline

  1. 2021 - Detailed ecological surveys undertaken
  2. 15th November 2021 - Work begins
  3. 13th December 2021 - From this date habitat piles have been created and bat boxes installed with more of each to come. Bird boxes will follow.
  4. 21st February 2022 - Replanting begins
  5. March 2022 - Work complete

Project Updates

  • Neighbour notification letters issued

    Neighbour notification letters issued to lineside neighbours to advise that we will shortly start work to manage trees and vegetation at Dalgety Bay train station. A copy has also been sent to Dalgety Bay and Hillend Community Council and local elected members.

  • Neighbour notification letters issued

    Neighbour notification letters issued to lineside neighbours to advise that work has begun at the site and to also update on nightshift work dates and times. A copy has also been sent to Dalgety Bay and Hillend Community Council and local elected members.

  • Dalgety Bay and Hillend Community Council engagement

    Our project team attended the Dalgety Bay and Hillend Community Council meeting on the 3rd May 2021 to present a PowerPoint presentation about the project, and then answered questions posed by the community during the meeting. The project team have since continued to liaise with the Community Council and answered further questions.

Why?

Network Rail has already undertaken tree and vegetation management in this location within its boundary, but it has not been able to stop the problems from arising. This means we are now having to carry out works outside our boundary on third party land. The trees outside the boundary are nearly all high-risk species during leaf fall season.

What will change?

Due to circumstances out with our control, we were unable to start vital tree and vegetation management work on the date we had previously communicated. The work instead began on Monday 15th November 2021. This means that the completion date for the work will also be extended and is scheduled to be completed by the end of February 2022.

Work is being carried out from Clockluine Road (West of Dalgety Bay station) to just short of Vantage Road S (East of the station). The site is around 1km in length.

This work aims to reduce leaf fall volume and improve operational safety. In autumn, leaves on the line can affect train wheel traction to the rail which affects breaking distances, acceleration, and interferes with our signalling systems.

What will change?

Site map

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