Network Rail’s Community Relations Manager, Scotland has recently advised me :
“As part of the major refurbishment of the Tay (Rail) Bridge, our contractors are working over the estuary at present.
They did not anticipate the noise being heard by residents at that side of the bridge (but) we arranged for letters to be dropped. When we carry out work, notification letters are delivered to residents living within 100m of the worksite and a copy is sent to the relevant Environmental Health Officer in the council.”
The letter referred to, delivered in the Roseangle area, reads as follows :
“IMPROVEMENT WORKS – Tay Bridge
We will shortly commence phase 4 of improvement works to the Tay Bridge. Although this work is essential, I would like to apologise in advance for any disturbance it may cause you.
This work will be ongoing until December 2016 on a 24 hour basis.
This work will involve essential structural repairs at the Tay Bridge. Unfortunately, the equipment we use – in this case heavy plant and machinery including jack hammers – means that some noise is unavoidable but we will do all we can to minimise it. We have also briefed those working on site to work with consideration for the local community.
Works on the Dundee side of the bridge will start next to Riverside Drive and progressively move further in to the middle of the Estuary. You may notice some noise during the night in the early stage of the work this will gradually decrease with the completion of each span each taking approximately a month to complete
We understand that working by your property overnight is far from ideal, but we are legally obliged to work on the railway at times that cause least disruption to trains. Unfortunately this means carrying out a lot of our work at weekends or overnight.
I do hope our work doesn’t disturb you too much but if you have any questions or concerns please call our 24-hr helpline on 03457 11 41 41.”
Thus far, I have not received any noise complaints, but do please contact me if you have any concerns – many thanks.