Thameslink builders are noisy neighbours for St John's residents

Network Rail is currently reconfiguring the rail and making changes to the bridge around St John’s railway station, in order to include an additional line to increase train capacity on the Thameslink network.

As a result of the construction work, many residents have been affected by noise and vibration.

Lewisham Council reports:

Public meetings were held on 18 October 2012 and 29 November 2012 chaired by Councillor Vicky Foxcroft, where Network Rail and representatives from their contractors, Joan Ruddock MP, Lewisham Council and Lewisham Homes met to listen to and discuss resident concerns. A number of issues were raised by residents, including:

- predicted noise levels over the rest of the works programme (which is taking place up to June 2013),
- removal of plants/trees along the rail banks
- the impact of a new permanent equipment and signalling building not previously detailed
- lack of communication/engagement by Network Rail with residents.

Network Rail undertook to ensure that where enhanced glazing has been offered, to the worse affected properties, that they would facilitate the installation to be in place by Christmas. Some residents that have been affected severely by noise have been offered a temporary relocation package over the Christmas period by Network Rail. Lewisham Homes undertook to carry out a structural survey of the homes it manages in the affected area and this is now underway.

Noise and Vibration monitoring on and off-site is being increased and improved. The vibration monitoring report based on the Contractors recordings taken on the night of 16/17 August 2012 is also in the documents section below.

For more details about the issue, including how to submit feedback if you have been affected, please visit the relevant section of the Lewisham Council website.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

More Nimbys

Anonymous said...

A more important consideration is the safety of the workers. That bridge has a sad, sad history.

Anonymous said...

Out of interest, what do you mean when you say a sad history?

Anonymous said...

The previous time their were works on the bridge it collapsed while a JCB was working on it. 2 people died? I think? That wasn't so long ago. Then there was the St John's rail crash in 1957 during one of the great smogs. http://deptfordpudding.com/2012/01/06/this-is-a-london-particular-a-fog/

Anonymous said...

I knew about the St Johns/Lewisham rail crash, but that was a rail bridge further up the track towards Lewisham.

Though I didn't know about the JCB incident.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait for the year 2080 when Thameslink will finally be finished.

Anonymous said...

Be thankful they're doing the works you ungrateful nimbys

Anonymous said...

I thought the people affected by this had already been paid £5k each to compensate for disturbance over the holiday period.

Anonymous said...

Anon 20.36
Its ok for u to talk. I live on St. Johns Vale rd and when theres diggers and heavy machines operating from mid night till 5am i doubt u will be happy. This has been going on since mid summer and theres still no completion date.

Anonymous said...

Put some earplugs in then! What do you expect them to do, work when the trains are running?!

I'm sure if you walked down there in your jimjams and explained how you're trying to get a cosy nights sleep between midnight and 5 AM they'd empathise...

Brockley Nick said...

Ridiculous comment. There are no NIMBYs in this story, other than in your imagination.

No one is opposed to the upgrade happening - some people being adversely affected by it are asking for measures to be taken to minimise the disruption.

I don't know how valid their complaints are or what can be done about them and neither do you, so how about we just the process run its course eh.

And try to learn the definition of the terms you fling about.

Anonymous said...

Totally agree Brockley Nick. I don't live in the affected area but hear that people have seen cracks in their homes appearing. Apparently the 'relocation' offered by the company was a Travelodge over the festive period. What an insult. Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Travelodge - good honest hotel - all rooms are the same, all people are equal

Anonymous said...

I quite like Travelodge - always clean, always competitively priced - though I can understand why it might not appeal to the "continental breakfast" brigade...

Anonymous said...

Can see how it might appeal to Trolls however, being practically under Deptford Bridge.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and Travelodge only do a continental brekfast not your good honest....

BeingMe said...

@ anon last post:- that's worrying about cracks appearing.
Let's hope the properties don't move so much as to require underpinning or that the houses are built on dubious foundations thus creating internal wall movement which may require underfloor supporting steels at some stage.
What bothers me also is whether the houses/flats are being structurally monitored and repaired if required, as part of the terms and agreement arrangements. Will the company be sending a builder round to fill and paint the cracks?

Monkeyboy said...

For all you sleepless people, it was this http://www.londonreconnections.com/2013/tanners-hill-flydown-part-1/

trainspotter said...

Quite a lot of history associated with this stretch of line.  If you ever wondered what they were doing on the rail tracks of St Johns, this explains the context.

http://www.londonreconnections.com/2013/tanners-hill-flydown-part-1/
The local objections to noise and disruption are quite understandable given the long history of work on this section of line and the insensitive way in which it has been done in the past.

Daren Pearson said...

thanks for sharing

I can understand if you are using any machine to do any activity like cleaning your home, then it may be annoying to your neighbours

Do soundless vacuum cleaners are most welcome

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