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Crossrail noise causes sleepless nights for Maidenhead residents over bank holiday

Grace Witherden

Grace Witherden

Crossrail noise causes sleepless nights for Maidenhead residents over bank holiday

Angry residents have hit out at Network Rail after their bank holiday weekend sleep was disturbed by noisy Crossrail work.

The pile-driving which took place overnight throughout the weekend caused neighbours disturbed nights and caused some to question why it had to take place in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Richard Shaw, of Hibbert Road, said: “I had no idea these works were taking place. It would have been courteous if they had sent out a letter.

“I am in Hibbert Road and I don’t think they realise that noise travels, especially at night.”

Matthew Steele, programme director for Crossrail at Network Rail said: “I’m sorry that our work has disturbed our neighbours. We do recognise our work is noisy sometimes.

“We always use the quietest method of construction as possible and we only use noisier piling machinery once we have tried every other way to get the foundations into the ground.

“This work is paving the way for the introduction of new, quicker, greener, more reliable trains once the Elizabeth Line opens fully.

“ We try really hard to let our neighbours know about work in advance but I’d encourage anyone living near to the railway to sign up to our text or email notifications.”

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  • Vivianna

    06:19, 29 August 2016

    Although this article refers to the last Bank Holiday, it could just as rightly been written yesterday. At 3:00 a.m. Saturday night/Sunday morning, when windows were open because of the heat, the constant pounding of a pile hammer woke me. After realizing that it wasn't about to end any time soon, I got up and closed the windows on the hope it would muffle the sound. It did a bit but not enough...awake I was then until late last night. We're near Blackamoor Lane...a good mile-plus from the Crossrail construction...and it was still throbbing. I pity those who live closer to the construction. I wouldn't ordinarily offer this info but I'm a retired project manager for large construction projects and I recognized the sound immediately; there's no plausible reason for driving piles at 3:00 a.m on any Sunday morning but clearly, not on a Bank Holiday. That work should be scheduled around neighbourhood-friendly timespans, leaving the work that can be done with minimal public disruption in the night. It's become quite weary now, both living with construction going on all around and also experiencing the noise of distant construction when our local builder closes up for the weekend. I'm appealing to the construction managers to re-evaluate their scheduling and make adjustments that keep the public's privacy and quality of life in mind.



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