ANGER AT RAIL TRACK FLYTIPPING
Rubbish thrown onto Nene Valley rail lines
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