Witham: 'Unneeded' work near track is a bridge too far, claims dad (From Braintree and Witham Times)
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Witham: 'Unneeded' work near track is a bridge too far, claims dad
5:00pm Sunday 6th October 2013 in News
A father has accused Network Rail of tearing down mature trees to build an ‘unneeded’ footbridge over a railway line in Witham.
William Mills claims he and partner Nicola Stebbing have been left with an ugly view of factories and trains from their flat in Elderberry Gardens after trees were felled as work began on a new footbridge to replace the Motts Lane level crossing.
The well-used crossing, which links residential areas with the town’s industrial estates, had already been earmarked for closure by Network Rail for more than a year before the plans were given the go ahead by Essex County Council last month.
A Network Rail spokesman said: "In order to carry out the necessary preparatory works, some vegetation was required to be removed which is unfortunately often the case with work of this nature.
"We apologise if this wasn’t communicated clearly to the community.
"Network Rail seeks to keep vegetation clearance to a minimum where possible."
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