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Train noise causing frustration in Aylesbury

People living in Prebendal Farm are looking for answers

Published by Mix96 News at 5:42am 9th July 2019. 3-minute read.

Train noise causing frustration in Aylesbury

People living in an area of Aylesbury are looking for answers over the increased train noise.

The Aylesbury to Calvert freight line is shared with passenger trains to Aylesbury Vale Parkway and runs just a few meters from Prebendal Farm.

For the past year the number of freight trains stopping on the line and not turning of their engines has increased and is causing frustrations for the residents in the area.

Local Councillor for the area Mike Smith has got involved and has been talking regularly to the residents, Network Rail and the four freight companies who take the waste up the line to the landfill site.

Cllr Smith said:

"Despite many phone calls, letters and emails to all these companies, their responses - when I've had them at all - have been vague and contradictory.

"There is no clear explanation of why engines need to be left running for such a long time, sometimes several hours. Nor why the problem has got so much worse than it used to be, over the last year to 18 months.

"On summer days and evenings, when residents want to open their windows or spend time in the back garden, it's often impossible due to the noise, the smell of diesel fumes and sometimes the foul smell of the waste itself".

Prebendal Farm resident Pamela Russell added:

"At a time when the environment is at the top of many people's agenda, it seems extraordinary not only that this is allowed to happen but also the apparent lack of concern from those responsible"

Another resident of the area, Madeleine Taylor, added

"I first raised concerns directly with these companies in 2016, but it seemed to me they had no real interest in the people living nearby.

"After the problem got much worse in 2018, I contacted Cllr Mike Smith to help us, I know he's worked really hard to get it resolved but still these rail companies seem to consider themselves above the law when it comes to environmental health"

Cllr Mike Smith would like to hear from any other residents in the Prebendal Estate about their experiences and if they have been in touch with any of the companies involved so that everyone can continue working together to solve the problem. 

We have contacted Network Rail for a statement.




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