ANGER AT RAIL TRACK FLY­TIP­PING

Rub­bish thrown onto Nene Val­ley rail lines

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

Staff at one of Peter­bor­ough’s best known at­trac­tions are plead­ing for fly-tip­pers to be de­railed after piles of rub­bish have been left on train tracks. Vol­un­teers at the Nene Val­ley Rail­way have had to clear bag­sofwaste, so­fas and­car­pet away from the tracks used by his­toric trains af­ter­be­com­ing the lat­est tar­get of fly-tip­ping yobs.

Along with clear­ing the rub­bish away, the vol­un­teers are hav­ing to do painstak­ing in­spec­tions of the tracks each time trains run, to en­sure the routes are kept safe for pas­sen­gers and staff.

The­lat­est pile of fly-tipped waste was left on the tracks in Wood­ston, at the cross­ing near Bel­size Av­enue.

Jerry Thurston, fromNene Val­ley Rail­way, ap­pealed for peo­ple to re­port any sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour.

He said: “We have had a large amount of rub­bish dumped on our tracks i n Wood­ston this week.

“Peo­ple are just throw­ing it onto the tracks over the fences.

“It causes big prob­lems for us, be­cause we need to clear it all away be­fore a train runs down the tracks.

“Thereis­no­tadan­gero­fan ac­ci­dent at Nene Val­ley Rail­way, be­cause we check the tracks be­fore we run.

“But hav­ing to do the checks, and clear it all away is a mas­sive drain on our re­sources.

“We have had ev­ery­thing fro­math­ree-piece-sofa to car­pets and bags of rub­bish left.

“It has been go­ing on for a long time now It is a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence on our land.

“Be­cause it is pri­vate prop­erty, we have to clear it our- selves.

“If youknowwhois­be­hind it, please con­tact po­lice.”

Last week the Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph re­vealed the coun­cil­was­work­ing­with­land own­ers on Oxney Road after burnt out cars and other rub­bish had been left on a field, caus­ing an eye­sore.

Therub­bishatOxneyRoad had­been­built up­over sev­eral months.

A po­lice spokesman said any­one who wit­nesses fly­tip­ping tak­ing place on pri­vate land should call 999 if the dump­ing is cur­rently tak­ing place.

If you have in­for­ma­tion about who is re­spon­si­ble for fly-tip­ping, call 101.

To re­port fly-tip­ping on pub­lic or coun­cil land, call Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil on 01733 747474.

Some of the fly-tipped rub­bish left on the tracks

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