After scores of emails and months of delays, at long last a Network Rail maintenance has finally carried out a long-overdue “clearance operation” at Penarth’s Dingle Road Station … but the results have failed to impress local environmentalists.
The aim was to remove all the fly- tipped rubbish, brambles, weeds and overgrowth from the disused North-side platform .
A tangled mess of brambles, refuse and even a 30-foot-long felled tree confronted commuters on the opposite platform every time they boarded a train at Dingle Road – and gave visitors coming to Penarth by rail, an unfavourable impression of the civic standards of the town.
The local environmental group “Friends of Dingle Park” – led by indefatigable campaigner Robert Donaldson had pressed for action, pushed every button and pulled every lever they could think of .
It had taken months of complaining to everyone under the sun – ranging from Penarth Town Council and Stephen Doughty MP – all the way up to cabinet minister Andrea Leadsom to get Network Rail to sort out Dingle Road Station’s long-neglected platform.
Now – at least the 30-foot tree has been sawn up and disposed of ….but the rest of the rubbish has been left where it was by Network Rail – and it looks as though it could yet take many more months of campaigning to get the platform completely cleared and tidied up
Because the station is part of the Network Rail estate, and subject to Health and Safety regulations, local volunteers aren’t allowed to carry out work on railway property. It can only be done by trained railway staff wearing orange safety suits and helmets.