I read the news today, Oh boy 10 million trees on Network Rail’s route miles And though the trees were rather tall They had to count them all (Apologies to Lennon/McCartney)

The problem: tree on the line at Cynghordy in Carmarthenshire. Courtesy Network Rail

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Every blustery day brings a line blockage with a tree on the line or, worse, a train in a tree on the line. It also sees me shouting at the TV ‘what was that tree doing there anyway?’ This annoyance to passengers, and to my wife, should soon become less frequent following a monumental survey of all the trees that line the routes of the UK’s rail network.

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