This is evidenced by figures compiled by ProRail rail director at De Telegraaf’s request. “However, we are not upset with the recent figures, because the number of accidents involving animals has fallen by about 10 percent in a few years,” spokesman Andy Wimmer said. “In 2017, for example, there were 1,035 animals, while in the following years there were 1,024 and 982, respectively.”
“It is still very distressing for the animals. But we are glad that the decline is now beginning with targeted measures and intense cooperation with the surrounding area, such as strategically placed fencing and conversations with farmers about their fencing around lawns. We are also building eco-products or special animal trails. Under the railroad, for example,” says Wimmer.
In particular, the number of collisions with sheep, goats and cattle has fallen sharply compared to 2018: 171 and then 69 in 2020. This is mainly because ProRail maintains good contact with farmers to ensure they keep their pasture fencing in order.
Of course, it is not possible to prevent birds from hitting the fence. “This is still a huge challenge,” Wimer said.
“We also have to deal with storks that build a nest on the overhead wires of the railways. Unfortunately, the high voltage on the overhead lines is dangerous for them. If the catenary is damaged, the train cannot run. Reasons to keep these breeding areas away from the railways. This Sensitive, because nests have a protective status, just like their inhabitants.”
In recent years, nesting poles have been placed near railway gates. Unfortunately, the birds did not always understand this tip.
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