Subway: asbestos survey planned

WORK on the planned £3.5 million railway underpass in Royston will not begin until a detailed survey is carried out over desposits of asbestos on the track. But Royston s county councillor Doug Drake told The Crow: Everything will be done under Health &

WORK on the planned £3.5 million railway underpass in Royston will not begin until a detailed survey is carried out over desposits of asbestos on the track.

But Royston's county councillor Doug Drake told The Crow: "Everything will be done under Health & Safety ­procedures.

"We always knew this was a problem and steps are being taken to overcome it," he said.

And a spokesman for Herts County Council said: "We are aware that some time in the 1920s asbestos was used to make up the track.


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"We have always known that it's there and we have taken it into account when drawing up our plans."

The spokesman said there will be a full investigation into the matter before "we start thinking about digging it up".

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