Network Rail will suspend Wokingham train whistles

I was pleased to hear that Network Rail has agreed to suspend the train whistles from December 23 rd following complaints from residents and myself.  They need to find a better way of ensuring safety if they wish to travel faster on that section of track , or revert to the old permitted speed. The noise is unacceptable to residents.

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8 Comments

  1. Adam
    Posted December 22, 2018 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Achieving good results in harmony with constituents’ wishes is work well done.

  2. Francis Evans
    Posted December 28, 2018 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    I bet that’s causing a lot of delays. Well done.

  3. Ben Waterhouse
    Posted December 28, 2018 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Well the old permitted speed WAS the faster 60mph in one direction and 70mph the other. NOT the current, meant to be temporary, speed. The slower speed was introduced to make a single crossing safer for pretty much one person which is fair enough. Should residents live near a railway if they don’t like railway noises and sights? I look forward John Redwood and the local residents coming up with a SOLUTION and putting the money up for it, to assist NR and SWR in bringing the speed of that bit of track to that which it was for for decades if not longer. Delayed trains and longer journeys because of moany locals should be a headline! And yes I have lived next to railway. All part of the noises.

  4. Eithne McGovern
    Posted December 28, 2018 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Fantastic! By removing the whistle and the 60/70 mph linespeed and enforcing a 30 mph linespeed instead, we have even more delays than before for everyone!

    All because a handful of folks don’t like the sound of the whistle, with utterly no knowledge or consideration as to why it’s sounded.

    Well done *slow handclap*

    Reply Have a thought for the neighbours

    • Ed
      Posted December 28, 2018 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

      Have a thought for the thousands of people who get delayed because of this speed restriction every day. Think of the UK taxpayer who pays £500k per annum in fines to South Western Railway (a private company) for delays on this line. Sure the whistle board is annoying. But it will go once the South Wokingham Distributor Road project is completed and Smiths level crossing is closed. Just like the whistle board at Tan House level crossing a few hundred metres down the line disappeared when the new bridge over the railway was built.

  5. Tom bowers
    Posted December 28, 2018 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    The railway was built in when ? 1886, didn’t the NIMBY idiots notice the line when they bought their houses ? If the odd “ toot” offends your sensitive ears god help you . I hope no one gets ploughed down at the crossing , all because of the lack of a root. To keep you happy .

  6. Ed
    Posted December 28, 2018 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    Network Rail are currently being fined £500k per annum for delays on this line. The whistle board would have reduced those delays, reduced fines and reduced journey times for your constituents. And it would have been removed once the southern access to Smiths Farm is built. Short term pain for long term gain. But no… trains are back down to 30mph. And the fines will remain. And who pays those fines??? The UK taxpayer. Well done John Redwood. Your personal contribution to the national debt!

  7. Michael Peterson
    Posted December 29, 2018 at 3:23 am | Permalink

    I know what!!! I’m going to live near a railway line and make a career out of complaining about the noise…….

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