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Angry families kept awake at night by DLR track work

PUBLISHED: 21:47 21 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:35 05 October 2010

FURIOUS families complaining that their lives are being destroyed’ by noise from London’s automatic DLR rail network have protested to the Town Hall. They live next to DLR’s All Saints station in East London where night-time track maintenance keeps them awake

By Gemma Collins

FURIOUS families complaining that their lives are being destroyed’ by noise from London’s automatic DLR rail network have protested to their local authority.

They live next to the DLR’s All Saints station at Poplar in East London.

But Lorna Scully and her neighbours are so fed up with the noise they say booms out from the station loud-speaker and all the track maintenance going on through the night that they stormed up to the Town Hall with a petition.

SCREECHING TRAINS

They are being kept awake at night by screeching trains, continual maintenance and audible football chanting while workers wash the trains in the station sidings, they told Tower Hamlets council’s meeting.

Sometimes the station travel announcements are so loud the families in the neighbouring Discovery House block of flats in Newby Place can’t even heart the telly in their own front room.

“We have to endure this nearly every night of the week,” Lorna told the council chamber.

“When they were relaying the tracks and stamping down the stones, my four-year-old son came in at 3am screaming. Now he won’t sleep in his bedroom because of the noise.”

UNACCEPTABLE

Tower Hamlets council had spoken to DLR and would be meeting them to raise neighbours’ complaints, the meeting heard.

Transport for London insists the loud-speakers comply with limits set by Tower Hamlets themselves.

But a transport spokesman promised: “Clearly it is unacceptable for residents’ sleep to be disturbed by night staff, so action will be taken to stop this.”


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