There will be no silent night for residents near the railway this Christmas. For they’ve been dealt a hammer blow by rail bosses who have revealed plans to carry out ‘noisy’ improvement work in the Euxton and Buckshaw Village areas over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Network Rail has warned residents by letter of its plans for the piling work.
The rail company says it tries to install foundations in the ground using a vibration piling technique. However in some areas, due to varying ground conditions, this method is not appropriate and ‘a noisier’ technique which involves hammering the pile into the ground has to be carried out which may disturb folk enjoying the festive holiday. It added that work will not be outside individual properties for the full duration of the scheduled dates. Lancashire county councillor Mark Perks, who represents the area, said he had already received complaints from residents. County councillor Perks, who is also a borough councillor for the Astley and Buckshaw ward on Chorley Council, posted details of the plans on Twitter.

“One resident on the Milestone Meadow estate said he’s disgusted by it because it’s going to disturb a very special time of year,” said councillor Perks. “He said it’s completely inconsiderate to just get a letter now, and that it’s just not on.” The work will take place Christmas Eve, midnight to 9am; Christmas Day, midnight to 9am; and Boxing Day, midnight to 5am. Councillor Perks, who said he also sympathised with Network Rail as they needed to get the work done, added: “I’ve got some sympathy because a lot of people are working and have the festive period off.

“This drilling has disturbed people before when they’ve done track-side work. “If it’s on three nights it’s quite considerable. “It’s not just neighbours, because at that time of night when there’s little environmental noise, sound will travel. “I’m going to ask if they’ll look at it again.” Network Rail said the foundations were being installed for the overhead line equipment that will provide power to greener, cleaner and quieter electric trains from December 2017.
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