Railway work halts Kentish Town City Farm's horse riding
Network Rail says the work is essential
Thursday, 13th January — By Tom Foot
Work on the rail line in Kentish Town
FARM chiefs are “absolutely gutted” after essential rail bridge works cut off its horse paddock from the public.
Kentish Town City Farm’s most popular attraction is expected to be closed for several weeks because of a “moving wall” on the bordering railway tracks.
A large digger has been rolled onto the site as part of the works that have shut the pony club and riding lessons for children and young people with disabilities.
Eira Gibson, director of Kentish Town City Farm, said: “We are absolutely gutted that as we emerge from the pandemic and into our 50th birthday year, we have had to close part of the site. We understand the essential nature of the work and are thankful that no one – person or animal – has been hurt.
“The closure of the horse arena will be really bad news for lots of people in our community, especially members of our pony club which includes classes for children and young people with disabilities. Before the pandemic, we invested in a hoist so we could extend this and were looking to reinstate this activity as soon as possible. Sadly, this incident has meant further delay.”
Network Rail has apologised to the fans of the farm’s horses – Murphy, Jester and Champion – but said the work is “essential”.
The rest of the farm is open as normal.
Gary Walsh, route director for Network Rail, said: “We’re really sorry for the impact our work is having on the farm and local residents.
“The wall next to Tottenham Curve tunnel was moving. To address this, we’ve been excavating above the tunnel and have managed to stabilise the wall. However, there is more work to do on site to fully fix the issue.
“We know how important the farm is to the community and we will do everything we can to support the farm and complete our work as quickly as possible.”
The farm this month raised more than £8,500 with its annual Big Tree Takeaway Christmas appeal.