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Family’s rail work misery

Adwick-le-Street resident Simon Young dons ear plugs to lessen the noise of the pile driver, which is being used as part of the bridge widening in Church Lane. Mr Young lives in the property on the left and the works can be seen in the background.

Adwick-le-Street resident Simon Young dons ear plugs to lessen the noise of the pile driver, which is being used as part of the bridge widening in Church Lane. Mr Young lives in the property on the left and the works can be seen in the background.

A family have got their earplugs ready for another weekend of sleepless nights caused by a piledriver a short distance from their Doncaster home.

Father-of-three Simon Young has been advised to move out of their house in Adwick-le-Street because of the night-time hammering from piledriving works to strengthen a railway bridge.

The web designer says the family, who live in The Paddock, 150yds from the bridgeworks, were not given sufficent warning about the disturbance they suffered last weekend.

Mr Young, aged 41, was aware works would be starting but says there has been insufficient consultation with residents about the effects.

“Last week I spoke to a foreman on site who said they would do everything they could to minimise disturbance but he said they had a job to do.

Then at 4pm last Friday a contractor called round to say ‘I hope you’ve got somewhere to go for the weekend because you won’t be able to sleep’.

“I’ve got three children under seven so we moved to my mother-in-law’s in Woodlands but we could still hear the piledriving all night.

“It continued through to Monday and we’re told it will be this weekend as well. I accept the work has to be done at night but Doncaster Council couldn’t be bothered to tell us what would be happening.

“We’re going to stay here and put up with it this weekend.”

Doncaster Council’s director of regeneration and environment, Peter Dale, said: “These works are being undertaken by Network Rail as essential works to strengthen the bridge and to provide a right turn into Adwick Lane and pedestrian crossing facilities.

“The council publicised the roadworks and sent out 2,500 courtesy letters to nearby households prior to the works starting.

“The letter explained why the works were needed, when the bridge would be closed and made them aware that noise-intrusive operations would be carried out last weekend and this weekend to coincide with Network Rail’s planned rail track possessions.

“We apologise for any inconvenience during these important works but this overnight weekend work was the only suitable time period for the piling works to take place, given its proximity to the track.”

 

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