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"Slow down you move too fast, gotta make our property last. Give us some sleep and a bit of piece between the hours of 11 and 6 at least.


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18/05/10
FAO: All residents, see letters from rail partners to the Public Petitions Committee. Reads like everyone is still covering their backs.

Responses to the Public Petitions Committee are required by 11th June. Click on the Facebook page and go to the discussions area to make any comments.


Rail noise residents set to win million.
See The Herald
(11/06/09)

PUBLIC MEETING

CLACKMANNAN TOWN HALL, MAIN STREET, CLACKMANNAN
NO COAL TRAINS AT NIGHT
Public meeting, WEDNESDAY 27th MAY 2009, 7.00pm

VIDEO LISTINGS

Bill Steel, resident
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uploaded 21/02/09 with 278 viewings.
Resident next to the railway for over 30 years has his say.
Floating Railway Tracks 2 uploaded 20/02/09with 268 viewings.

Close up of floating track with significant movement.
Floating Railway Tracks 1 uploaded 20/02/09 with 474 viewings.
Posted with comments from retired aircraft engineer who lives in Craiglea, Causewayhead about the track.
Freight train past Ladysneuk crossing
uploaded 17/02/09
Please note I am not a presenter or trained media type. I'm just a local resident and business owner putting a point of view across.
Video viewed 1046 times since 17/02/09

Network Rail website. Tamping Machines.
For the track to work properly, the sleepers need to sit firmly in the ballast. When track has been heavily used or has been re-layed, we need to remove all the voids & gaps in the ballast so that the sleepers do not bounce up & down as the trains pass over the rails.Tamping also puts the track in the correct position. This allows trains to run over the rails smoothly which reduces noise & vibration.


Fury at Public meeting.
(Logie Kirk Hall, Causewayhead 16/02/09)


Over 200 residents voiced outrage over freight trains running throughout the night. Local residents banding together to present a collective voice to Parliament to get it stopped.

coal visible in open truck causing coal dust - a health hazard to residents. Photo by Peter Fairlie

Is the real answer for them to keep to their original promises, ie 7-8 trains per day, and not run them (as promised and minuted) between 23.00hrs to 6.00hrs?

Local MSP Richard Simpson agrees with the community and is doing something about it in parliament. He agrees assurances and promises have been broken. Locals were heard leaving the meeting in disgust and frustration at the feeling that this evening was just a PR exercise to let the locals vent off some steam.

Well, here is a chance to do more than that and let them know this problem cannot be brushed under the carpet.

Voice Your opinion.
I attended this very passionate meeting and I can only feel sympathy for the residents along the Stirling - Alloa - Longannet railway line. Stories of not being able to get a full night's sleep, TV's moving across the room, people living in fear of gas explosions due to ongoing vibrations (and much more) have prompted me to publish this webpage.

One of the most sensible suggestions was to "simply" (or so you would think) get the freight trains to slow down in pre-determined sections of the track. This was met with a point blank refusal by Network Rail who said "We cannot make false promises"...

Therefore, I am opening up this page for residents to use as a collective voice. I am now in the process of recording videos of people's experiences and placing evidence on YouTube.com

Anyone feel free to do the same and spread the word. The more comments and viewings this gets can only add to the public pressure to get this nightmare sorted out. One resident invited the Managing Director of Network Rail along to his house to feel the intensity of the vibrations everyone is so angry about.

Get out your video cameras and get recording your experiences and put it out there on YouTube.com for the world to see.

The more people who do this, the more your complaints and concerns become real and in the face of all the powers that be.

regards

Tony I'Anson
Managing Director
Stirling Internet Ltd. (www.stirling.co.uk)
Mytownonvideo.co.uk Ltd. (www.mytownonvideo.co.uk)


PS. No comments will be edited for spin or political correctness. All parties can have their say and all comments, and who made them, will be published. Foul and abusive language will be tolerated along with the many powerful arguments and comments put forward this evening. The only thing I need is the proper name of the person making the comments.

I am an independent resident with no affiliation with any media, local authority or interested parties on this. So you can have your say with whatever you like.

POST YOUR VIDEOS ON YouTube
or
JOIN THE DISCUSSION AND HAVE YOUR SAY

MEDIA COVERAGE
The Scotsman, 02 Feb 09.
Coal chief calls for return to deep mining to fuel power-station pledge.

Stirling Observer, 04 Feb 09. Anger over rail noise.

BBC News, 12 Feb 09. Fury at freight train noise level.

Stirling Observer, 18 Feb 09. Angry protests over train noise.

Network Rail website. Tamping Machines.
For the track to work properly, the sleepers need to sit firmly in the ballast. When track has been heavily used or has been re-layed, we need to remove all the voids & gaps in the ballast so that the sleepers do not bounce up & down as the trains pass over the rails. Tamping also puts the track in the correct position. This allows trains to run over the rails smoothly which reduces noise & vibration.


RESIDENTS NEWSLETTERS
Train News, 17 Feb 09, "Horror Nightmare, Ghostly Freight Trains"
(1mb pdf file)