Lincoln railway station trees pulled up following shock car crush

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A row of trees fronting the Lincoln Central Railway Station forecourt have been removed over concerns for safety.

The decision to uproot the five trees was made by the City of Lincoln Council after one fell onto a car as it pulled into the station car park in June. The car was severely damaged and the driver was freed by passes-by.

An investigation was launched by the council and contractors Willmott Dixon following the incident.

From this, it was suggested the roots of the trees may have been damaged in the past and that work on the station frontage should not continue unless remaining trees are removed over fears for safety.

Trees were completely removed this week, leaving a noticeably changed landscape at the station:

The council promised to replace them with the same species – London Plane – in purpose-built tree pits, designed to protect them from future damage.

Work is continuing in the St Mary’s Street area as part of the Lincoln Transport Hub project.