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Train nuisance angers residents

Angry: Councillor Theresa McGardle (left) and Sheila Douglas say they are being kept awake by rail contractors working near their homes

Angry: Councillor Theresa McGardle (left) and Sheila Douglas say they are being kept awake by rail contractors working near their homes

Neighbours living near a train track claim they are being kept awake by rail contractors discussing their holidays to Disney World.

Sheila Douglas and Coun Theresa McGardle live on 
Wesham Hall Road, close to Kirkham and Wesham Railway Station, where contractors are currently working through the night to upgrade the train line.

While the neighbours expect some noise from the tracks, they say they are only getting two hours’ sleep while the work is 
being carried out between 
midnight and 5am.

Coun McGardle, a Wesham town councillor, even took a video in the early hours of one morning to prove the level of noise coming from the workforce, and says she was mocked as the contractors waved at her.

She said: “They told me ‘close your window, it’s about to get a lot noisier’.

“You can hear them shouting at each other, and at one point you can hear them talking about 
Disney World. They’re treating it like it’s one big joke, but it’s not funny at that time of the morning when people have to be in work the next day.”

People living near the line have been told the work will be going on over five months, and will 
continue overnight every night this week.

Mrs Douglas, 59, said the contractors woke her up at 1.30am one day and kept her awake for the rest of the night.

She said she had complained to Network Rail, which sanctioned the work, but felt her concerns were going unheard.

A spokeswoman for the transport company said she would be interested to see Coun 
McGardle’s video. She added: “If these comments were made, that is unacceptable. We have to do most of our maintenance and engineering work at nights and weekends so that we can keep the trains running. We apologise for any inconvenience this work is causing and will continue to do all we can to limit the noise and disruption as much as possible.”

 

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