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James Clappison will keep up pressure on Network Rail to reduce noise from work in Borehamwood
The MP for Hertsmere has said a railway company responsible for creating a “horrendous” noise that disturbed the sleep of Borehamwood has listened to his constituents.
However James Clappison will continue to keep up the pressure on Network Rail to ensure a similar disturbance does not occur again.
In a letter to Mr Clappison, Network Rail asserted the work to replace the overhead power cables on the railway lines was urgent as the existing lines are failing and could collapse, leading to serious disruption.
However the company accepted the work was “particularly noisy” last weekend and it had not done enough to tell residents what the noise levels would be like and when to expect it to begin.
In the letter, community relations manager at Network Rail Robin Basu wrote that the company “sincerely apologised” for the inconvenience caused.
He continued: “We will be responding directly to all residents who have contacted us this week.
“We will also issue a further notification letter, which will explain the wider programme and acknowledge the lack of clarity in the previous letter.
“Finally, we will set up a regular bi-weekly call with representatives from the project team; our contractor and community relations for the reminder of the project’s length, the purpose of which will be to follow up on and close out any outstanding public enquiries.”
Work is set to continue until June next year.
However Network Rail has said it will reduce noise levels by using acoustic shrouds over the hammering equipment, a moveable acoustic curtain to absorb noise and systems to monitor noise levels.
Last week work began at 11pm on Saturday night until 7am on Sunday morning, with the hammering that created the loud banging noise beginning at 2am.
This weekend, Network Rail has access to the line until 12pm on Sunday, meaning the noisy work of hammering piling can start later in the shift, at around 7am.
James Clappison said: “It would appear Network Rail has listened to the concerns of my constituents and myself.
“I very much hope this weekend’s work is carried out in a respectful manner, but i will continue to keep the pressure on.”
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