Elm tree removed from Bhasvic field for temporary Network Rail base Brighton News

An ELM tree has been removed from university grounds to make way for a temporary Network Rail base.

The Old Shoreham Road site in Hove, near Bhasvic and Cardinal Newman schools, will be used as a hub for the Hove Cutting rail network stabilization project.

Work to stabilize a railway cut and avoid delays caused by landslides will cause delays in train services in September.

Network Rail said “vital works” will take place in Hove between Saturday September 18 and Friday October 1.

The site near Bhasvic and Cardinal Newman School

While the work is in progress, no train will run on the road directly linking Brighton to Hove.

In preparation for the works, Network Rail has started construction of a temporary site complex, where its teams will be based as part of the project.

Brighton and Hove City Council said its arboriculture team had been asked by Network Rail to remove a diseased elm tree above the entrance to the rail tunnel next to the playgrounds.

“It is now done,” said a spokesperson for the Council. “Our arboriculture team is not aware of a temporary compound.”

The complex is expected to be dismantled in the weeks following the project and the site will be put back to the grass, according to Network Rail.

A spokeswoman for Bhasvic said: “The council has allowed Network Rail to build a temporary complex to allow it to carry out essential work on the embankment along this stretch of railroad.

“Bhasvic, Newman, advisers and friends from the field were invited to give our opinion on this.

“The complex is considerably smaller than initially proposed and the location has been chosen to avoid the sports fields that will be needed from the start of the quarter.

“Once the railway work was completed, we were told the area would be repaired and returned to its previous state. ”

L'Argus: the site near the Bhasvic and Cardinal Newman school The site near Bhasvic and Cardinal Newman School

As part of the stabilization project, Network Rail is working with the community on replanting options to compensate for vegetation removed by the works.

Over the weekend of September 18-19, engineers will repair the nearby Wilbury Road Bridge to reinforce the structure and perform track circuit upgrades between Brighton and Hove and timber renewals at the Viaduct in Shoreham to improve the reliability of rail services.

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This notice was published: 2021-08-27 04:00:00

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