The yard is being used as a base for the electrification of the Glasgow to Edinburgh line. Following analysis at six different parts of the site, Network Rail said that the findings were below levels where their presence would be deemed a risk.
Patrick Ferguson, secretary of the community council, said: “There appears to have been incidents of dumping of waste at this site over a number of years including asbestos and chrome, also landfill waste in unknown quantities".
“This is the yard to be occupied by the Network Rail project 'electrification of Shotts line' and it is proposed the site will be used for over three years".
Owen Campbell, Network Rail’s Community Manager said: “Further to recent speculation and to address concern in the community, Network Rail would like to clarify the situation with regard to the presence of contaminants in the ground at the Foundry yard site in Cleland".
“As is standard practice, we undertook analysis of ground conditions at the Foundry yard site and not unexpectedly given its former usage, we did find contaminants, including asbestos".
“As a precaution, we limited vehicle access to the site until a full analysis had been completed and the results became known. Assessment and analysis indicated that results of samples taken at six different parts of the site were below levels where their presence would be deemed a risk".
“Safety is and remains Network Rail’s top priority and the action we are taking in this situation is based on expert guidance and reflects the importance we place on protecting the health and well being of our work force and the community surrounding the work site".
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