David Burrowes has published a letter he received on June 9th from David Higgins, Chief Executive of Network Rail, in which he sets out how the Grange Park embankment project will be taken forward.
In the letter which followed an extensive two hour meeting between David Burrowes and Mr. Higgins he apologises for the mistakes made in previous months and confirms that going forward Network Rail will learn from this incident and adapt their community engagement and consultation. He also makes assurances that when it comes to replanting, budgets will not be an issue and that there will be full involvement of community groups with the process.
Mr. Higgins has also committed to a meeting in September with senior Network Rail staff, in which local residents can air their concerns once again and can receive confirmation of future plans and lessons learnt.
David Burrowes says "I am reassured by my meeting and letter that Network Rail are now taking seriously the concerns of local residents following the destruction of the trees along the Grange Park and Winchmore Hill embankments. We have a clear commitment to replant trees and involve the community in the restoration of the embankment. The public meeting in September will be a good opportunity for Network Rail to say sorry in public and identify the lessons learnt and be clear with the public about future plans".