Published on 8th November 2018
While recent undergrowth cutting back at Taunton Station has improved the appearance and visibility at the east end of the station, work at the west end seems to have now stopped leaving some areas still to be completed.
However out on the Somerset Levels brand new vegetation clearance equipment is in use. Network Rail Contractors are currently working in the Oath area using a rare piece of equipment known as the 'LEVELIZER'. The special machine is designed for railway embankments and steep slopes. It's the only example currently in the UK and one of only six worldwide to date. The levelizer is making short work of the undergrowth on the raised embankments and has already vastly improved the visibility for drivers as they approach Oath from London.
Extensive cutting back has also been taking place four miles west of Oath at Athelney were extensive cutting back has started. Years of un-kept undergrowth are now being removed in an effort to reduce leaves on the line, falling trees.
We have provided a selection of images taken on the 8th November from various angles showing just how much a difference this unique machine has already made. We also recommend looking back at previous images from the same location using the gallery link below.
To view the gallery, please click here.