Lineside Clearance Team

article by: PY 



lineside clearance team

The purpose of lineside clearance is to facilitate fence maintenance and trackside inspection, to ensure driver visibility, and of course to give the travelling public a wide view of the lovely countryside beyond the Railway.


General Duties

To be available on Saturday and/or Wednesday at a prearranged location on the railway to help with the removal of mainly bushes and small trees using hand tools only.


Specific Responsibilities

You will be working under the direction of the head of the department for normal day to day activities. You will be part of a team of 6 or 8 other volunteers on as many Saturdays and/or Wednesday as you like but you are expected to be present at least once per month.



The department only operates on a Saturday and/or Wednesday from 9.30am until 4.30pm but part days can be accommodated.


Uniform and Equipment required

No uniform is required but safety boots must be worn and good gloves are essential. This job requires you to be out in all weathers except heavy rain so suitable clothing is required. Additionally you will need an orange high-visibility vest or jacket. You will need your own tools, such as long handle loppers or a small bow saw. Power tool users are welcome; they must have current certification and wear the appropriate protective clothing. On-site training can be arranged if required.


Other Information

There is no specific fitness level but you will be on your feet most of the day. You may be required to climb some of our embankments which are quite steep and remove brambles at height. You will need to bring with you food and drink as regular breaks are taken through the day. Training in the art of building a good bonfire will be given and you will be allowed plenty of time to practise.




New volunteers required.. (Note the first four weeks will be half day only as the work is very labour intensive). Please see here to learn how to become a volunteer. 


August 2020