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Dalgety Bay Tree & Environmental Work

Dalgety Bay Tree & Environmental Work

Network Rail is currently carrying out tree and vegetation management work at Dalgety Bay station. This work aims to reduce leaf fall volume and improve operational safety.

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. 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.

Dalgety Bay station has a poor record for Autumn performance issues. This area alone has had an average of 13,575 minutes’ worth of delays over the Autumn Season (September to December) in each of the past five years in comparison to 8,394 minutes’ worth of delays out-with the Autumn Season.

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 will shortly be starting tree and vegetation management work at Dalgety Bay station.

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. A commuting corridor of trees with potential roosting features will be retained which can still be used by wildlife.

A number of bat and bird boxes will be installed, which will enhance the already present natural features, for immediate use by wildlife.

Once felling and removal of trees is complete, Network Rail will replant 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.

Project Timeline

  1. 2021 - Detailed ecological surveys undertaken
  2. 3 August 2021 - Felling Licence Applications released by Scottish Forestry
  3. 15th November 2021 - Work begins

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

Updated site map (pdf, 3KB)