06 DEC 2013

Greg calls meeting to solve pigeon problem at Sandhurst Road Railway Bridge

Four years ago, Greg contacted Network Rail about the problem of roosting pigeons under Sandhurst Railway Bridge near High Brooms Station in Tunbridge Wells.

For two years, Network Rail and Scotia Gas Networks (SGN) argued about who was legally responsible for this bridge and the matter was not settled. After pressure from Greg, Network Rail agreed to install netting in 2011 as a one-off gesture of goodwill but the long-term responsibility for the bridge remains unresolved.

To try and sort out this problem once and for all, Greg called a meeting with Network Rail, SGN and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

Greg commented:

"I wanted to get all the interested parties around the table to try and resolve this problem once and for all without having to resort to further lengthy legal battles. If this matter ends up going to court, it will be a scandalous waste of money. National Rail and Scotia Gas Networks have agreed to start negotiations and I have asked for these to be concluded as quickly as possible."

The ongoing legal dispute regarding the maintenance of Sandhurst Railway Bridge dates back to a piece of 19th century legislation. When the Tunbridge Wells Gas Works was built, the Tunbridge Wells Gas Act of 1876 stated that the then gas company was responsible for the maintenance of the railway bridge.

 

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