Posted by: CSD
Posted: 17th May 2012
Let's widen this discussion. When I moved into my house (bang opposite and very close to a railway line) 17 years' ago, the trains ran from 6.30 am until 7.30 pm Monday to Friday. On Saturdays they ran from 6.30 am until 12.30 pm, and not at all on Sundays. The train line was selected to be shut down, especially since there were good tram and bus services into the CBD.
Then, the line was reprieved! Since then, over the years, it has been upgraded with trains running from 6.00 am until after midnight same day / following day. The carriages have been extended from 4 to 6 - very noisy. Added to which the trains, necessarily, toot outside my bedroom window on approaching the local level crossing. This is every 10 minutes.
I can put up with the noise of cars short-cutting through my little back street but, oh, the trains. Representations to local council are passed to the train company, who don't care about residents but just jamming as many people onto trains to maximise their profit and meet State requirements.
They say they are meeting transport demand and, I suppose, the needs of the majority overtake the requirements and quality of life of the few. Should there not be some form of financial recompense, or offer of double glazing (not too sure that would help anyway)?
Just don't ask me why I bought a house opposite a railway line that was due to be closed down, and am now whingeing about the extended train and transport noise. I understand that transport authorities are thinking of extending the operation hours of the trains so that visitors / travellers into the CBD can travel home on a train well into the morning hours.