Noise report nears

Residents unhappy with Butler rail vibrations.
Residents unhappy with Butler rail vibrations.

After residents and Labor politicians made more noise about the issue earlier this month, Transport Minister Dean Nalder last week said results of the tests by the Public Transport Authority should be available within three weeks.

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan, transport spokesman Ken Travers and Butler MLA John Quigley gathered about 50 people for the October 12 meeting.

Residents say they have suffered amplified vibrations inside their homes since trains started using the Butler extension for training in August.

‘(Residents) are very concerned about their quality of life and the dramatic impact the vibrations and noise from the rail line are having on their houses,’ Mr McGowan said.

‘They built dream homes and their dream was turning into a nightmare because of things beyond their control.’

Mr McGowan said he went into one of the homes where the vibrations of passing trains were ‘noticeable,’ adding they would have ‘greater significance’ at night.

‘The government should look at world’s best practice in engineering solutions to help these people,’ he said.

Mr Nalder said he was well aware of the concerns raised by residents and was taking them seriously.

‘The PTA has a comprehensive noise and vibration management plan that has been in place since 2010,’ he said.

‘The PTA has been conducting further tests in the Butler area and expect a report in the next three weeks. If the report identifies that noise or vibration are outside permissible levels, then appropriate action will be taken to address the issue.’

Mr Nalder said he looked forward to seeing results of the tests and a copy would be available to residents.