EN­VI­RON­MENT Lit­ter clear-up gets un­der­way

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

Net­work Rail have ar­ranged a ma­jor clear-up after res­i­dents com­plained of large amounts of lit­ter sur­round­ing the train tracks in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

Drinks cans, waste bags, plas­tic and glass bot­tles have mounted up around the area be­low the bridge on the Burgh’s Queen Street and can be seen fall­ing down onto the tracks.

Lit­ter can also be found sur­round­ing the rail­way near Taber­na­cle Lane in Cam­bus­lang which res­i­dents say is mak­ing the lo­ca­tion look “ugly” and en­dan­ger­ing the pub­lic.

Cairns Road res­i­dent Ed­ward Cais was con­cerned with the amount of waste dumped near the rail­way in both lo­ca­tions.

He said: “Un­for­tu­nately there are still peo­ple who be­have as if it is ac­cept­able to dump stuff and drop lit­ter. They re­spond to beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings by mak­ing them ugly. They do not care what ef­fects this has on other peo­ple. They do not stop to think that this causes or­gan­i­sa­tions to spend time and money clear­ing it up.

“Net­work Rail’s over­rid­ing pri­or­ity must be the safe run­ning of the rail net­work. Keep­ing em­bank­ments clear of rub­bish is not an es­sen­tial op­er­a­tion.

“How­ever, if lit­ter hotspots could be cleared more of­ten, it would vastly im­prove the ap­pear­ance of the area not only for lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses, but also for vis­it­ing in­dus­tri­al­ists, in­vestors and tourists.”

A Net­work Rail spokes­woman con­firmed in­for­ma­tion has now been passed on to the Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice as tres­pass­ing on the rail­way is sus­pected.

She added: “We un­der­stand that the vis­ual ap­pear­ance of rail­way land and em­bank­ments is of gen­uine con­cern to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and those who travel on our rail­way and the pres­ence of lit­ter and fly tip­ping cre­ates a poor im­pres­sion.

“A rep­re­sen­ta­tive has visited the ar­eas high­lighted and has iden­ti­fied the area around Queen Street Bridge in Ruther­glen as of par­tic­u­lar con­cern.

“The ir­re­spon­si­ble dis­posal of do­mes­tic refuse and lit­ter on and around the rail­way is an ex­pen­sive and on­go­ing con­cern for Net­work Rail and a lit­ter clear­ance pro­gramme is in place to try to im­prove our bound­aries for our neigh­bours and limit the risk that this waste poses. Ar­eas where lit­ter has the po­ten­tial to af­fect the safety of the op­er­a­tional rail­way will al­ways be pri­ori­tised by our main­te­nance teams.”

Dis­gust­ing Waste lit­ters the ground be­side the tracks at Queen Street, Ruther­glen

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