Night noise warning to residents over rail tunnel work

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Residents living close to Linslade Tunnel face two and a half months of night-time disturbances as essential repairs are carried out.

From mid September the tunnel– which sits close to Knaves Hill, Lincombe Slade and Golden Riddy– will begin to be fixed by Network Rail engineers.

To avoid any disturbances to passenger services the repairs will take place at night and an access point will be set up at the train station.

In a letter to Leighton-Linslade Town Council, Network Rail construction manager Jamie Williamson concedes that previous works of this kind have not gone down well with nearby residents.

He said: “I was told that there have been issue with the use of this access point and neighbours in the area have previously complained about noise generation especially at night.”

Town councillors discussed the disturbances at a meeting last week, to work out a way to soften the blow for homeowners faced with the prospect of late night noise.

The council’s corporate governance manager Debbie Marsh told the LBO: “It was a case of acknowledging that this needs to take place out of normal daylight hours for obvious reasons.

“Network Rail are really keen not to disturb anyone and they are saying that over that period they will reduce noise as much as practical.

“But clearly there is an issue that needs repairing and that takes priority.”

A Network Rail spokesperson added: “Safety is our number one priority and for this reason a lot of our work is carried out while trains are not running.

“Whenever possible, we also work at times that cause the least disruption to train services and this means carrying out a lot of our improvements at night or at weekends.

“We will make every effort to minimise any unnecessary noise and those working on site will be briefed on working responsibly in the local community.”