Saturday 8 February 2014

Complaints in St Helens

This article in the St Helens Star reports that a number of residents near the line are complaining about the masts installed near their homes.

Complaints include spoilt views, close proximity of the masts to properties, and a leaky gas main that will be dangerous when the power is turned on.

The more cynical amongst us might suspect that this is an attempt to get compensation, and indeed the majority of the comments on the web page seem to be of that opinion.

Wednesday 5 February 2014


Correspondents have provided the following updates: 

  • Work is once again under way on the skew bridge at Rainhill, attempting to put right the problems with the previous attempt which I reported here.
  • Some mast bases have been installed on the Ince Moss Junction to Bamfurlong Junction curve.  This would seem to confirm that this line will be included in the electrification.  Update:  Since typing this I have seen an email from Network Rail also confirming the curve is to be electrified.
  • Masts have been erected around Broad Green station, the first on this section of the route.
Many thanks to all those who email me with reports.