Work is stopped after neighbours complain of 2am 'racket'

NETWORK Rail has been forced to stop chopping down “potentially hazardous” trees at a Wirral train station after residents complained it was causing them sleepless nights.

Workmen had started to saw down trees at Wallasey Village station during the early hours of the morning in a bid to reduce the safety risk they posed.

However local residents soon bombarded Wirral Council and Network rail with complaints as chainsaws and workers’ conversations kept them awake all night.

The work has now been suspended until further notice after the council gave them a warning notice.

Melanie Neilson, whose house backs onto the tracks, said she was struggling to sleep through the “racket.”

She said: “I have been awake since 2am this morning listening to the God-awful racket that is trees being chain-sawed – I have to be up at six!

“I have been told Network Rail could be breaching noise pollution levels for that hour of the night – not only were the chainsaws a constant bind but the workmen are all shouting to each other too.

“I live a couple of roads back from the actual track so those who live next to it must be demented.”

Residents, whose homes overlooked the embankment of trees, initially feared that the scheme to cut down the trees would rob them of their privacy and leave them open to flooding problems.

It was later agreed that extra fencing would be put up while laurel trees and shrubs would also be planted.

The work is being done from 11pm until 5am every night this week but now it is not known when it will be picked up again.

A Network rail spokesman said: “We were told by the council about a number of complaints they had received.

"The work now has been halted indefinitely, although we have had calls from some residents are angry that the work has been stopped.”

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5:59pm Thu 8 Nov 12

bigfoot says...

DOH! What about weekends with a bus replacement or is night rate cheaper?
DOH! What about weekends with a bus replacement or is night rate cheaper? bigfoot

6:00pm Thu 8 Nov 12

bigfoot says...

DOH! What about weekends with a bus replacement or is night rate cheaper?
DOH! What about weekends with a bus replacement or is night rate cheaper? bigfoot

6:26pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Positive thinker says...

If a job needs doing in the interests of
saftey,they should be left alone to carry it out
If a job needs doing in the interests of saftey,they should be left alone to carry it out Positive thinker

7:09pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Little miss M says...

Yes I agree but at a reasonable time !! If I was to use a chainsaw in the early hours of the morning disturbing the neighbourhood then I'm sure it would be followed by the police knocking at my door !
Yes I agree but at a reasonable time !! If I was to use a chainsaw in the early hours of the morning disturbing the neighbourhood then I'm sure it would be followed by the police knocking at my door ! Little miss M

8:18pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Big Ms N says...

well said Little miss M...you're absolutely right!!! Even if they carried the night work out over a few weekends (or school holidays) whilst still not totally acceptable would have been a tad more reasonable!?!
And speaking "in the interests of safety" isn't it better to have us day workers and the school children alert and not sleep deprived on the commute to work/school??!!!
Close the track for a week - stick a bus replacement service on...simples!
well said Little miss M...you're absolutely right!!! Even if they carried the night work out over a few weekends (or school holidays) whilst still not totally acceptable would have been a tad more reasonable!?! And speaking "in the interests of safety" isn't it better to have us day workers and the school children alert and not sleep deprived on the commute to work/school??!!! Close the track for a week - stick a bus replacement service on...simples! Big Ms N

9:28pm Thu 8 Nov 12

L Bounce says...

"Was positive thinker up all night?, " then had to do a 12 and half hour shift on a busy ward in a hospital. This situation was totally avoidable, the trees were the same height last year when network rail carried out works, they informed us, shut the line for a couple of weeks, yes it was noisy but work never went past midnight, no problem.
What I and all my neighbours have been through has been torture, sleep deprevation is dangerous.
why not just close the line from 7pm till midnight to carry out works.
So many things could have been done, dont come up with the excuse that the trees are dangerous, you planted them!
"Was positive thinker up all night?, " then had to do a 12 and half hour shift on a busy ward in a hospital. This situation was totally avoidable, the trees were the same height last year when network rail carried out works, they informed us, shut the line for a couple of weeks, yes it was noisy but work never went past midnight, no problem. What I and all my neighbours have been through has been torture, sleep deprevation is dangerous. why not just close the line from 7pm till midnight to carry out works. So many things could have been done, dont come up with the excuse that the trees are dangerous, you planted them! L Bounce

6:47pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Positive thinker says...

The least they could of done was give you all some little sponge ear plufs
The least they could of done was give you all some little sponge ear plufs Positive thinker

6:47pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Positive thinker says...

The least they could of done was give you all some little sponge ear plugs
The least they could of done was give you all some little sponge ear plugs Positive thinker

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