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.