MP calls for rail station clean-up
AN MP has written to the head of Network Rail to complain about the lack of attention paid to railway stations in his constituency. Waveney MP Bob Blizzard said the company, which owns Lowestoft and Oulton Broad South railway stations, had “shown no intention of looking after their property”.
AN MP has written to the head of Network Rail to complain about the lack of attention paid to railway stations in his constituency.
Waveney MP Bob Blizzard said the company, which owns Lowestoft and Oulton Broad South railway stations, had “shown no intention of looking after their property”.
He has demanded the company take action to fulfil its responsibilities to railway users.
He said: “Lowestoft station - the first experience many visitors have of the town - is a notorious eyesore, and large parts of Oulton Broad South station are overgrown with weeds and covered in litter.
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“Our efforts to make Lowestoft attractive to visitors are seriously undermined by Network Rail's neglect of its railway property.
“I have written to Iain Coucher, the CEO of Network Rail, asking him directly for some action on the upkeep of their property in our region. It is simply wrong of them to let the stations go to ruin like this.”
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Mr Blizzard explained that National Express East Anglia leases most of the Oulton Broad South station from Network Rail and the areas under its control are free of weeds and litter.
However, he said the areas outside their lease - and therefore still under the control of Network Rail - are overgrown with weeds and traps for wind-blown litter.
“These areas spoil the appearance of the entire station,” Mr Blizzard said.
A Network Rail spokesman said the company had written to Mr Blizzard and a clean-up of the affected area was under way.
“Network Rail has written to Mr Blizzard in the last week regarding Oulton Broad South station,” the spokesman said.
“We have confirmed to Mr Blizzard that the area of the station to which he is referring is the responsibility of Network Rail to maintain and have apologised for any confusion surrounding this matter. Our maintenance staff have already commenced a clean-up of the affected area which should be completed this week.”
Network Rail said it would be in touch with Mr Blizzard to discuss his concerns regarding Lowestoft station more fully.