'I am sorry for the delay in getting back to you but …I needed to discuss arrangements with various team members who are visiting the Looe Valley this week. Unfortunately, it looks very unlikely that we can tie in a visit to the Tamar Valley simultaneously. However, I will call you if this changes over the next day or so.
In the interim, we have been reviewing the issues you have been telling us about on the Tamar Valley line regarding the installation of GSM-R masts. Network Rail recognises the impact this system has on its line-side neighbours and seeks in all cases to limit, as far as is reasonably practicable, the impact, both visual and otherwise, that the introduction of GSM-R will bring. Consequently, the Project Director has instructed the immediate cessation of all construction activities at Bere Ferrers (the mast will be completed as it is almost finished), Bere Alston and Calstock whilst we consider exhaustively all practicable alternatives that would still enable the GSM-R system to be implemented. Such consideration will include exploring options for a greater number of smaller masts along the branch line or the possibility of utilising existing masts in the area owned by other public mobile operators.'
This is not the end of the battle, but it does mean that Network Rail are, at last, listening to objections. TRAM will continue to fight for the best solution to this problem.