Trains passing through the rural area near Whitton and Carlton in the Stockton area will be using their horns later at night and earlier in the morning according to Network Rail.
And Stockton North Labour MP, Alex Cunningham, is advising residents who live nearby to respond to the consultation letter which should be delivered to every household potentially affected if they have any concerns.
The changes are being made due to the number incidents across the country in which people have been killed or have suffered from life-changing injuries. A review was done and a conclusion was reached to adjust the hours slightly to improve safety.
The current hours train horns have not been used are between 23:00-07:00 except in an emergency but the changes which will take affect from 10th December 2016 will change and operate from midnight- 06:00.
Network rail have stated that they will protect the principle of a ‘night time quiet period’ to minimise the noise impact on residents who live nearby. However, trains will still sound their horn in an emergency, whatever the time of day or night.
Residents near to the affected level crossings ought to have received a letter detailing these changes and have been advised to contact Network Rail LNE & EM Route via their 24-Hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41 if they would like more information.
Alex’s response to the changes:
“It is important that Network Rail do everything to maximise safety at level crossings for people travelling over them but I hope they will listen carefully to any issues raised by residents who live nearby.
“I hope residents will respond to the consultation and let me know if there are any problems associated with it.”
For further information contact Alex’ Westminster office on 0207 219 7157.