At the Network Rail Drop-in session yesterday in Kintore Golf Club, we heard that the new Boat of Kintore level crossing will have more substantial barriers than the current single barriers.
Along with a new radar system that will check the crossing is clear, this should improve safety. The new crossing should also be more reliable. On a few occasions in recent years a malfunction has caused the crossing to go into the default, closed mode.
The Network Rail representatives assured us that emergency services will be well aware of the closure, which should alleviate concerns about response times for fire services, ambulance and police attending incidents.
Remember there is another drop-in session next Thursday (April 25) in Kintore Golf Club from 4pm to 7pm. If you have questions about the Network Rail works, this is your opportunity to get answers from the Network Rail representatives at the drop-in session.
At last night’s Kintore and District Community Council meeting we had a group of residents who live close to the railway line. They were telling the meeting of the disruption caused by the current night working, with all reporting that it was impossible to sleep when work was going on behind their houses.
The residents explained that this disruption had been going on for weeks and the residents reported it was now causing health issues for the families concerned. Community council members and councillors at the meeting expressed their concern about these reports.
While the Aberdeenshire councillors at the meeting pointed out that this was not a council project, they offered to take up the residents concerns with the council’s Environmental Health officials.
Meanwhile the residents were urged to speak with Transport Scotland and their MSPs as the Scottish Parliament has the role of scrutinising and reviewing government activities and projects. It was also important that residents take up the opportunity to speak with Railtrack representatives at the second Drop-in session at Kintore Golf Club on Thursday, April 25.
Following the Kintore and District Community Council Meeting on Tuesday, Councillor Fergus Hood raised the matter of Network Rail contract noise with the Environmental Health Staff
Aberdeenshire Council’s Environmental Health department has confirmed that they have received a number of complaints from residents in Kintore area over the last month regarding noise, vibration and light pollution associated with the night-time works carried out on the rail line. They have been liaising with BAM Nuttall, trying to identify appropriate mitigation measures where possible.
The Environmental Health department report that they have been advised that due to a large number of complaints regarding vibration during the night shift works over the past two days, all major vibration works at night in Kintore will be suspended until further notice. These works are proposed to be carried out on the day shift this weekend and next weekend.
There is a further meeting scheduled with Network Rail and BAM Nuttall next week to discuss the upcoming works.