March residents calling for action to end train noise
Residents are calling for action to derail “chronic” noise pollution being caused by trains outside their homes.
Fenland MP Steve Barclay has also promised to put pressure on Network Rail through Parliament after being “shocked” by the company’s response to the problem.
People living off Landau Way in March have been campaigning for years to put an end to noise and pollution problems caused by railway engines stopping on tracks close to their homes with their engines left running – for well over an hour at a time.
They claim the level of noise is blighting their lives, and have had enough.
One woman, who did not want to be named, said the noise is so bad she is unable to enjoy her garden. She also has to keep her windows closed to stop the dirt created by the diesel fumes getting into her home, and is unable to use her washing line to dry clothes for the same reason.
She said: “It is just awful. The noise is constant for at least an hour, sometimes nearly two. Early morning is the time for it. They just sit there making a noise, pumping out fumes. It is spoiling the enjoyment of our homes.
“We are all older, retired people and we should be able to sit in our gardens without this terrible disturbance.”
She said there was also an issue with privacy as the tracks are raised, so drivers can see directly into residents’ gardens while sitting in their engine cabs. Network Rail have previously agreed the engines should not stop on the tracks near her home and also said the engines should be left running for no more than 10 minutes at a time.
There is a hotline for residents to report incidents, but it has not been working in recent weeks.
Mr Barclay is now calling for urgent action. He said he will be writing to Network Rail urging bosses to address the problem, and said Fenland Council should carry out noise and air pollution monitoring to ensure the pollution levels are safe for residents.
He said: “This is clearly unacceptable. The level of noise is way beyond any reasonable level that residents should be having to put up with and I’m quite shocked by the poor response from Network Rail.
“The railway is becoming much busier and the situation for these residents appears to be worsening.
“It is not acceptable for residents to be putting up with this chronic level of noise and I will be putting further pressure on Network Rail through Parliament.”