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