More train pain fears

Kim Nash believes vibrations from passing freight trains have caused cracks in his home. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d423065
Kim Nash believes vibrations from passing freight trains have caused cracks in his home. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d423065

Mr Nash said he had experienced continuing problems with noise and vibrations over the years.

‘It’s every hour, on the hour,’ he said.

‘By the time you fall asleep, you are woken again.’

Most concerning to Mr Nash is that despite replacing his living room ceiling four years ago and painting the walls, cracks have now appeared around the windows and in the ceiling and corners.

Mr Nash said he had lived in the house since building it 38 years ago and was certain vibrations caused the cracks.

He hoped the Government would not extend the Thornlie passenger rail line via Canning Vale, a decision subject to a public transport plan that Transport Minister Dean Nalder is considering.

He said more trains would disrupt life further and he believed most Canning Vale residents did not want, and would not benefit from, a new station.

A Department of Environment Regulation spokeswoman said in the past, the department had studied the passage of freight trains past houses in Canning Vale, at the same distance as Mr Nash’s from the freight line.

‘The results of this study indicated that vibration levels were below the acceptable Australian standard amenity criterion,’ she said. ‘It is important to note that the vibration level criterion for amenity is significantly lower than the level which could cause structural damage.

‘It is also to be noted that structural damage is a civil matter and outside the scope of the Environmental Protection Act 1986.

‘The Department of Environment Regulation is unaware of any evidence to support claims of structural damage to houses in the area due to vibration from freight trains.’