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Network Rail – Strathbungo Station demolition

(Latest Update on 19 July 2020: NR’s second response, background on electrification)

Only a couple of weeks ago we were concerned that Network Rail were restarting tree felling along the railway line, and sought assurances that they would abide by previous agreements. They replied to reasssure us that they would. There remains a certain lack of trust around what Network Rail say, and what they do, so perhaps this was a sign of progress.

Jump forward to this week and we discover that, without any consultation with anyone, Network Rail were to demolish the old Strathbungo Station booking hall (more recently Susie’s Shop) on 18-19 July.

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Network Rail Tree Felling, again

On 22nd June Network Rail wrote to neighbours about the resumption of tree cutting on the East Kilbride-Glasgow line, which was suspended due to Covid. The letter makes little or no reference to the previous discussions held between Network Rail and the Society, which raises concerns about their intent. Do they intend to stick to their promises, or not?

The letter to neighbours is available below, along with the Society’s response.

20 06 22 Network Rail Letter (pdf)

20 07 03 Strathbungo Society response (pdf)

We have since had a reply by email from Owen Campbell of Network Rail, which is reassuring, and reproduced below.

Hi Jane
I hope you are well.
As I am sure you will acknowledge, we have all been blown somewhat off-course by the unprecedented global events that have impacted on us. However, it remains our firm intention to fully engage with the Strathbungo society and other interested stakeholders as we carry out the vegetation clearance and throughout any project which may follow.
Our recent notification was similar to the one that we distributed in February to highlight the resumption of work and, as it was sent out across the whole route – some 10,000 addresses, is necessarily generic.
It could not address the detail of the discussions we had with the society however we can confirm that where the railway narrows and the six metre corridor takes us to the boundary, we will work to retain a screen by selectively targeting and removing only those trees which pose a safety risk either now or going forward.
More widely, we will also honour each of the ‘practical commitments’ which we outlined in earlier emails.
As work resumed, we had our ecologists and those of our contractor in place to specify, monitor and ensure that the work was being delivered appropriately. This will continue throughout.
It is our intention to ‘manage’ the railway embankment to control regrowth and ensure the corridor is safe for the railway and supports a habitat and environment that is no less diverse than at present. Including establishing or enhancing the hedgerow boundaries
And while mitigation for the trees cut will entail planting outwith the railway corridor, we remain open to the idea of doing this in the locale of where the trees were removed – without importing any future risk to the railway.
We will share any further information and updates with the community as early as we can and will work to maintain the consensus we had reached on how the delivery of this work will proceed.
I hope this response provides suitable reassurance.
Best regards
Owen

Brighter Bungo – this Sunday!

Could you give us half an hour of your time to help with the Brighter Bungo back lanes clear-up?

The next clear-up is on Sunday 19th January between 11 – 1pm – find us outside the old Sammy Dows on Nithsdale Road. It’s a dead easy way to do your bit for the community you live in, plus get to know a few more neighbours. Kids love to get a grabber in their hands, so it’s a perfect family activity. The January clear up especially needs all hands on deck as we cope with the aftermath of disrupted New Year bin collections and the overflow that results from the festivities.

All equipment is provided.

Bungo at the Bells 2019-20

Come join the celebration of the New Year at Strathbungo’s traditional Hogmanay street party.

Parade through the streets around 11.30 to meet at the corner of Moray Place and Queen Square before the countdown, and stay for the music, to meet friends, have a drink and a dance. Bring your own refreshments. A little whisky and shortbread will also be available on the Society stall.

Looking forward to Bungo at the Bells?

The ever popular street event to mark the passing of the old year and the arrival of the new will again be taking place in Strathbungo. Are you intending to come along? Could you possibly provide a little help? Key skills will be pouring some drinks on our stall, passing them out to the crowd, and handing round the shortbread; all skills we all get to practice at this time of the year. If you are intending to be there anyway, why not help out for ten minutes?

If anyone fancies helping out with a playlist, that would also be appreciated.

Please contact the Society Chair to let us know that you can help.

Network Rail Vegetation Management – Progress?

Strathbungo residents will be aware that Network Rail has been proposing to “manage” the vegetation along the rail line. Previously, “management” meant a policy of slash and burn for all trees along our line. When the Strathbungo Committee heard of the proposals, we acted quickly to talk to our MSP Nicola Sturgeon and other elected representatives.

As a result we succeeded in getting a postponement while we had a commitment for further discussions with Network Rail. These discussions have now taken place.

It is clear from these talks that Network Rail will definitely be working on the East Kilbride line including our stretch on Strathbungo. We have tried to establish that works should conform to recently established environmental standards that respect biodiversity and ecosystem conservation along the line. We therefore enclose our note of the most recent Network Rail meeting together with the Network Rail minutes. These proposals will ensure regular consultation on the work.

We welcome any comments on this, to chair@strathbungo.co.uk

The society would like to thank our MSP Nicola Sturgeon and Caroline Scott, her office manager, for their assistance in this process.

Read on for full statements from Network Rail and the Society.

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