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Weed & Vegetation Clearance – Rail Services

RWB Groups takes a planned and coordinated approach to weed and vegetation clearance to ensure worker safety and safe railway operation.

We clear vegetation and weeds and manage the environment to create a safe zone for track operations and trackside infrastructure.

Weed & vegetation clearance is a vital preventative approach to track safety, and it is more cost-effective than an incident response to issues such as fallen trees or branches, which can cause significant delays and disruption.

We handle all aspects of the process, from planning to cutting and removing all branches, logs and cut vegetation.

Vegetation And Weed Clearance

Weeds and ground cover must be removed or kept to a minimum at critical parts of the track and wherever railway staff walk or maintenance crews work. Our technicians ensure weeds and flora do not impair the visibility of signs and signals and can clear vegetation and flora so that track inspections and surveys can be effectively undertaken.

We can also conduct herbicide spraying to extend the length of time before regrowth. During autumn, we are able to target locations where leaf fall density is predicted to be highest and may disrupt service or create a safety issue.

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Tree And Branch Clearance

Trees and branches must be cleared from obstructing or coming into contact with infrastructures such as the track, signals, overhead power lines, level crossings, and signage. 

Our vegetation management services include:

  • Vegetation and weed clearance
  • Tree and branch cutting back or removal
  • Debris and rubbish clearance
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Debris Clearance

Debris clearance is an integral part of the rail and track maintenance process, and we can complement this with clearing away and removing litter and rubbish.

Where appropriate, we can move smaller branches to nearby locations to support and create habitats for wildlife such as hedgehogs, amphibians, and reptiles.

Larger branches can be chipped or mulched. Our team can also simultaneously conduct visual fence inspections to identify damage, further reducing your operational costs.

The tree and branch clearance work may involve mechanically cutting back shrubs, trees, and branches to ensure they do not come into contact with power lines and other track infrastructure, notably. where tree limbs may cause a fire hazard.

We also ensure that branches do not cover vital signs or crossing signals along the length of the track.

While we endeavor to carry out all work while trains and freight continue to run, in some instances, such as when the work is in close proximity to power lines, rail services may need to be suspended, or work can be scheduled to avoid disruption.

Wherever clearance involves trees owned by line side neighbours that overhang the rail network’s fences or boundaries, we seek permission first to maintain good relationsh

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Why Choose RWB Group For Trackside Weed & Vegetation Clearance

RWB Group UK Limited has an experienced and licensed team that has undergone extensive safety training. Fully equipped for any eventuality, we have the knowledge and expertise you need.

RWB Group is fully ISO, and OHSAS accredited, and we are a RISQS member (Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme).

For a consultation on weed and vegetation clearance, please contact our support team on 0800 488 0658.

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