Network Rail Infrastructure Limited (“Network rail”) manages around 20,000 miles of track across the U.K. Many people own homes or land that border a railway embankment and some of these have problems with Japanese knotweed. We have found a large number of clients coming to us worried about the financial impact Japanese knotweed on neighbouring railway embankment will have on the value of their property. It is our clients’ experience that getting Network Rail to deal properly with Japanese knotweed is extremely difficult and they are often unwilling to put in place proper treatment plans.
Whether or not Japanese knotweed has encroached onto your property, we may be able to help. Charles Lyndon was recently involved in the first Japanese knotweed case against Network Rail to come before a court. On 2 February 2017, Recorder Grubb at Cardiff County Court, handed down judgment in favour of our client. Recorder Grubb found that our client had successfully made out his claim in private nuisance against Network Rail. It was found that not only had our client’s property suffered from encroachment, but also that the mere presence of knotweed on Network Rail’s land was an actionable interference with the use and enjoyment of our client’s land. As a result, our client was awarded damages for the cost of treatment and the residual reduction in value of his property after the treatment had been carried out.
See the following links for an example of a recent case where Charles Lyndon helped a client bring a successful claim against Network Rail:
Whether you are concerned about Japanese knotweed on Network Rail’s land or land belonging to another public body such as a council or housing trust, please contact us to discuss whether we can help. Our specialist lawyers will take your call and provide you with free legal advice on the merits of your claim.
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