Losing sleep over works on railway

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Councillor Theresa McGardle (left) and Sheila Douglas outside their homes on Wesham Hall Road, close to Kirkham and Wesham Railway Station
PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Councillor Theresa McGardle (left) and Sheila Douglas outside their homes on Wesham Hall Road, close to Kirkham and Wesham Railway Station
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NEIGHBOURS living near a railway claim they are being kept awake a night by workmen.

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

And while the neighbours expected 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, says the level of noise coming from the workforce is unacceptable, and says she was mocked by contractors who waved at her when she went to investigate.

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 we could hear them talking about a holiday in 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 spokesman for the transport company said they were doing their utmost to keep as many people as possible happy while the work was ongoing.

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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