Monmouth Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has welcomed the news that Network Rail is to postpone the start date of work on the railway through Penperlleni.
Mr Ramsay called for the postponement following a drop in session organised by Network rail yesterday at Goytre Village Hall where plans for new steel fencing along the railway line were exhibited.
Nick was alerted to the meeting by local residents who are concerned that the proposed 1.8m fence would seriously affect the appearance of the village and could have a detrimental effect on property prices locally.
Speaking after yesterday’s meeting Nick said: “People are questioning the need for the fencing given thee have been no significant incursions by vehicles on the railway line in many years.
“It’s important that the Highways Authority liaise with Network Rail to find a solution.
“I will be calling on the local authority to engage with Network Rail as a matter of urgency to see if a compromise solution can be reached.”
Nick received a reply from Network Rail last night which stated: “Network Rail will postpone any further work at Newtown Road and allow more time for engagement with the local community.
It is imperative that any further assessments and proposed measures have Monmouthshire CC's full participation in order to achieve an appropriate outcome and reduce the risk of vehicle incursion for all concerned, so I welcome your input with contacting them on this issue.”