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Railway Noise

Sometimes residents are disturbed by noise originating from railways near their houses – either from the trains themselves or by works taking place on the tracks or railway premises.

It is not possible for the Local Authority to take action in relation to noise from trains, although where a new or improved railway is proposed we will make comments and recommendations to the Planning Officer. We will, however, advise householders on insulation options which may help, or on the construction of fences or walls if appropriate. A concerned resident may contact the railway operator privately in order to request help.

Works being carried out on the track or railway premises constitute building works, and the noise from them can be controlled as with any other construction site. The Environmental Health Unit will advise or require the contractor or operator to employ noise reduction measures such as shielding, barriers, noise insulation, substituting quieter machinery, and agreeing acceptable working hours. Often the complainant will be consulted in the negotiations to agree acceptable and workable solutions.

It is sometimes not possible to reach a solution which satisfies all parties, particularly as there are often over-riding considerations associated with rail safety and possession of the track.

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