Railway gantry built behind pensioner's garden

Railway gantry built behind pensioner's garden

Railway gantry built behind pensioner's garden

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A Kings Langley pensioner is "resigned" to the fact that there will be a new signalling gantry at the back of her garden.

Sally Davies, of Hamilton Road, believes that Network Rail should have informed her about plans to build a new signalling gantry at the bottom of her garden.

It was only when Ms Davies and her husband, Ken, were clearing away rubble from behind their shed, that they discovered foundations for a new gantry had already been installed.   

Watford Observer:

She said: "There is already a signalling gantry that is only a stones throw away and the work being done looked exactly the same as the bottom of that signalling gantry. 

"Workmen were doing more work and when we asked them, they confirmed it would be a new signalling gantry.

"It makes me feel a bit resigned. I probably was angry that they didn’t have the courtesy to let me know.

"I would say I’m not concerned because there is nothing that I can do about it and we will just have to live with it.

Ms Davies contacted Network Rail about the work being and has also written to Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport and Watford's Conservative MP, Richard Harrington.

The pensioner told the Watford Observer the only correspondence they have received was a letter in June, "to say that there will be signalling work between Kenton and Kings Langley."

The grandmother of two added: "I am aware they can do what they want, they do not have to consult. I just felt if they are going to do something like this, they should just inform people. It is just good neighbourliness.

"I have a feeling that they have a huge amount of time to respond. It certainly is a long long time for them to respond."

In September, residents in Carpenders Park were also angry about being "kept in the dark" over similar plans to install a new gantry directly opposite their flats.

Russell Spink, chief press officer for Network Rail said: "The gantry has been erected as part of an £81m project to upgrade the railway around Watford. The project will deliver significant benefits to passengers in the form of smoother, quicker and more reliable train journeys in the future.

"When deciding on the position of structures such as signalling gantries, we do try to choose locations away from residential areas if we can, but sometimes this is unavoidable. 

"We have a limited choice of where we can site signals which is governed by the layout of the railway and the speed that trains need to travel in that area. Also, for safety reasons we need to site signals so that the train driver can see the signal from the longest distance available and therefore has the maximum time to react.

"It is our policy to pre-notify residents in advance when carrying out any work such as this." 

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5:01pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Keefer says...

So what's the problem with a signal gantry at the bottom of your garden? especially as you obviously didn't hear the ground works taking place.

Why is it people buy properties next to the Railways, then complain about said Railways making noise? I mean, it's not as if they built the Network after you moved in. Some people just need to whinge about something and it's a crying shame the W.O. gives them the platform to do so.

Give us some local NEWS of interest - where's the coverage of the fire in Moor View last week?
So what's the problem with a signal gantry at the bottom of your garden? especially as you obviously didn't hear the ground works taking place. Why is it people buy properties next to the Railways, then complain about said Railways making noise? I mean, it's not as if they built the Network after you moved in. Some people just need to whinge about something and it's a crying shame the W.O. gives them the platform to do so. Give us some local NEWS of interest - where's the coverage of the fire in Moor View last week? Keefer
  • Score: 44

5:43pm Mon 28 Jul 14

crazyfrog says...

Look on the bright side you get the bottom of your garden illuminated for free with different colours a bit like one of those mood lamps,green amber and red!!!!!
Look on the bright side you get the bottom of your garden illuminated for free with different colours a bit like one of those mood lamps,green amber and red!!!!! crazyfrog
  • Score: 31

10:58pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Feel Coax says...

From the photo, from her window hardly the biggest eye sore in the world. If only the view from mine was so green and pleasant
From the photo, from her window hardly the biggest eye sore in the world. If only the view from mine was so green and pleasant Feel Coax
  • Score: 26

10:56am Tue 29 Jul 14

BazWD24 says...

NIMBY of the highest order.
NIMBY of the highest order. BazWD24
  • Score: 22

5:25pm Tue 29 Jul 14

oldgold says...

Sorry to disillusion you, Mr Knowles, but Hamilton Road is not in Kings Langley, but in Abbots Langley, as is all of the district to the east of the canal - plus Langleybury, to the west of it.
Sorry to disillusion you, Mr Knowles, but Hamilton Road is not in Kings Langley, but in Abbots Langley, as is all of the district to the east of the canal - plus Langleybury, to the west of it. oldgold
  • Score: 7

10:42am Wed 30 Jul 14

queenyfan says...

I would love it.
I have a railway IN MY GARDEN. so having a big` railway at the bottom of the garden would be brilliant.
When I watch these house programmes on TV and they say "There is one major problem as a railway runs by the house" I think I would love that.
I would love it. I have a railway IN MY GARDEN. so having a big` railway at the bottom of the garden would be brilliant. When I watch these house programmes on TV and they say "There is one major problem as a railway runs by the house" I think I would love that. queenyfan
  • Score: 6

8:30am Thu 31 Jul 14

BigGib says...

It's the same as people who buy a house next door to a pub then complain about the noise !
It's the same as people who buy a house next door to a pub then complain about the noise ! BigGib
  • Score: 2

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