Work on railway over Christmas angers residents

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THE QUIET of Christmas morning looks set to be broken for families in one part of Oxford this year – with Network Rail starting work on lifting and replacing tracks.

The major engineering works near the Godstow Road area of Wolvercote, will start at 12.30am on Christmas day.

On Saturday the Oxford Mail reported that rail passengers were being warned to plan ahead if they are travelling over Christmas and New Year because of delays.

But now residents have contacted county councillor for Wolvercote and Summertown Jean Fooks about the noise the work may cause.

Mrs Fooks said: “I have had very understandable anger from residents at noisy work being carried out over Christmas, at night as well as during the day. I have asked Network Rail if it is really necessary and it maintains that the work has to be done when no trains are running, for the safety of staff.

“I hope that they will do the absolute minimum of disruptive work during the night and on Christmas Day itself.”

Elmthorpe Road resident David Gautrey said: “We are all accustomed to such work being carried out during the holiday periods, but the impact of this surely goes beyond what is necessary or what should be permitted.”

As part of the work Network Rail will begin cutting and lifting out existing sections of track at 12.30am on Christmas Day then be excavating and replacing the track bed from 3am. More work will begin on Boxing Day at 5.30pm, and at 7.30am the following day Network Rail will begin cutting the new rails for the track.

Network Rail spokes-man Dayle Sellars said: “We recognise there is never a good time to carry out extensive work on the railway – more passengers are using the railway now than ever before which means it is always busy.

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“As always, we will aim to keep noise and disruption to an absolute minimum for the local community.”

As a result of the work, CrossCountry and First Great Western trains between Oxford and Banbury will be suspended all day on December 27, and until 2pm on Saturday, December 28, with buses standing in. A reduced train service will be in operation on the Cotswold Line from December 27 until New Year’s Day.

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11:01am Fri 6 Dec 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

On balance, I suspect that it is probably best that trains aren't running when the track is removed.
On balance, I suspect that it is probably best that trains aren't running when the track is removed. Andrew:Oxford

11:06am Fri 6 Dec 13

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

Once again, why buy a house next to a busy railway surely you expect this sort of thing??
Once again, why buy a house next to a busy railway surely you expect this sort of thing?? yabbadabbadoo256

11:11am Fri 6 Dec 13

sparro says...

Why buy a house near a railway MAIN line & then moan about the noise? Should have taken this in to consideration, when first buying the house, or you could always move away.
Why buy a house near a railway MAIN line & then moan about the noise? Should have taken this in to consideration, when first buying the house, or you could always move away. sparro

12:14pm Fri 6 Dec 13

King Joke says...

Selfish wnakers. The 50+ hour blockade over Christmas every year is a golden opportunity to get major works done while causing minimal disruption to services. Would these people rather the railway were closed every Sunday for months to get the work done in series of eight-hour blocks? I bet they'd moan if they found they had to take a rail replacement bus service, or just drive their Volvos through somebody else's back yard.
Selfish wnakers. The 50+ hour blockade over Christmas every year is a golden opportunity to get major works done while causing minimal disruption to services. Would these people rather the railway were closed every Sunday for months to get the work done in series of eight-hour blocks? I bet they'd moan if they found they had to take a rail replacement bus service, or just drive their Volvos through somebody else's back yard. King Joke

1:05pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Neonlights says...

sparro wrote:
Why buy a house near a railway MAIN line & then moan about the noise? Should have taken this in to consideration, when first buying the house, or you could always move away.
Couldn't agree more.

Same with people who live near churches, then moan about the noise from the bells, or people who live near a recreation park and moan about noise from football matches, brass bands, etc.
[quote][p][bold]sparro[/bold] wrote: Why buy a house near a railway MAIN line & then moan about the noise? Should have taken this in to consideration, when first buying the house, or you could always move away.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. Same with people who live near churches, then moan about the noise from the bells, or people who live near a recreation park and moan about noise from football matches, brass bands, etc. Neonlights

9:30pm Fri 6 Dec 13

faatmaan says...

if that's the worst thing that will happen to them at Christmas or any time they should be grateful, many people put up with worse 24/7, if they don't like living there, move, they would have no problem selling their overpriced properties .
if that's the worst thing that will happen to them at Christmas or any time they should be grateful, many people put up with worse 24/7, if they don't like living there, move, they would have no problem selling their overpriced properties . faatmaan

11:22pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Tennantfan says...

I don't think most people are complaining about the regular noise of the railway, i.e. the noise of the trains, just the prospect of having pile-drivers and other noisy construction work being carried out from the early hours of Christmas Day.
I don't think most people are complaining about the regular noise of the railway, i.e. the noise of the trains, just the prospect of having pile-drivers and other noisy construction work being carried out from the early hours of Christmas Day. Tennantfan

5:47am Sat 7 Dec 13

oxfordgirl1974 says...

I'm going to go against the grain here and say that I don't think most of you would like it very much if you were having to put up with the kind of noise that's going to be generated by these works at 12.30am on any morning, let alone Christmas Day!!! Also, not all of the houses in Wolvercote are private housing, some of them will be social housing - meaning that the people who live in them didn't choose to live where there's a railway line.

My guess is that if this was happening in any other part of Oxford, you'd all be moaning about it, but because it's North Oxford, you think that people who live there are snobby and get everything their way (something I've noticed a lot when other subjects are commented on).

It's Christmas Day, would you want to be woken at 12.30am! I know I wouldn't.
I don't live in Wolvercote, I just think that some of the above comments are a bit rude to be honest.
I'm going to go against the grain here and say that I don't think most of you would like it very much if you were having to put up with the kind of noise that's going to be generated by these works at 12.30am on any morning, let alone Christmas Day!!! Also, not all of the houses in Wolvercote are private housing, some of them will be social housing - meaning that the people who live in them didn't choose to live where there's a railway line. My guess is that if this was happening in any other part of Oxford, you'd all be moaning about it, but because it's North Oxford, you think that people who live there are snobby and get everything their way (something I've noticed a lot when other subjects are commented on). It's Christmas Day, would you want to be woken at 12.30am! I know I wouldn't. I don't live in Wolvercote, I just think that some of the above comments are a bit rude to be honest. oxfordgirl1974

9:27am Sat 7 Dec 13

bigpoppasmurf says...

Perfect time to do the works, will create the least disruption to people using the trains for work. The people who's house are close by will have to take one for the team poppa surf says. What about the dedicated people giving up their Christmas to do the work.....
Perfect time to do the works, will create the least disruption to people using the trains for work. The people who's house are close by will have to take one for the team poppa surf says. What about the dedicated people giving up their Christmas to do the work..... bigpoppasmurf

6:10pm Sat 7 Dec 13

oxfordgirl1974 says...

bigpoppasmurf wrote:
Perfect time to do the works, will create the least disruption to people using the trains for work. The people who's house are close by will have to take one for the team poppa surf says. What about the dedicated people giving up their Christmas to do the work.....
I bet you don't live near to the railway line though hmm? I bet also that you wouldn't be too appreciative of being woken up at 12.30am on Christmas morning! I don't live near the line, but I do feel sorry for those who do.

Also, I'm sure the 'dedicated people giving up their Christmas to do the work...' are getting paid a good amount of money to be doing exactly that!! And perhaps the people who live near by don't even use the trains themselves, meaning that they probably have even more right to be fed up!
[quote][p][bold]bigpoppasmurf[/bold] wrote: Perfect time to do the works, will create the least disruption to people using the trains for work. The people who's house are close by will have to take one for the team poppa surf says. What about the dedicated people giving up their Christmas to do the work.....[/p][/quote]I bet you don't live near to the railway line though hmm? I bet also that you wouldn't be too appreciative of being woken up at 12.30am on Christmas morning! I don't live near the line, but I do feel sorry for those who do. Also, I'm sure the 'dedicated people giving up their Christmas to do the work...' are getting paid a good amount of money to be doing exactly that!! And perhaps the people who live near by don't even use the trains themselves, meaning that they probably have even more right to be fed up! oxfordgirl1974

8:16am Mon 9 Dec 13

King Joke says...

I rarely drive a car but have to put up with the noise, congestion and annoyance that the traffic jams cause in my community. That's tough dung - it isn't going to go away so I tolerate it.

It's the same with railway. It's a vital national asset having £billions poured into it after years of neglect. We should be rejoicing that it's being done, and moreover rejoicing that NR have finally realised it's unacceptable to do close the railway every Sunday for months to do the work in dribs and drabs.

I couldn't care less whether the residents by the railway are princes or paupers; the work jolly well needs doing so they'll have to lump it.
I rarely drive a car but have to put up with the noise, congestion and annoyance that the traffic jams cause in my community. That's tough dung - it isn't going to go away so I tolerate it. It's the same with railway. It's a vital national asset having £billions poured into it after years of neglect. We should be rejoicing that it's being done, and moreover rejoicing that NR have finally realised it's unacceptable to do close the railway every Sunday for months to do the work in dribs and drabs. I couldn't care less whether the residents by the railway are princes or paupers; the work jolly well needs doing so they'll have to lump it. King Joke

10:48am Mon 9 Dec 13

Neonlights says...

Are earplugs no longer available for those residents worried about the noise?

So what, that it's happening on Christmas day. It's no more special than any other day of the week anymore.
Are earplugs no longer available for those residents worried about the noise? So what, that it's happening on Christmas day. It's no more special than any other day of the week anymore. Neonlights

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