When I was first made aware of the Matangi's whine I KNEW that sooner or later someone would whinge about it and that Fairfax would have a beat-up over it.Kalelovil wrote:param1974 wrote:Excessive noise from the new Matangi trains has some Crofton Downs residents wishing for the return of the old trains..../Snip
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/ne ... -residents
Here is an idea for the ungrateful Johnsonville commuters. You can have back your old English Electrics and lets put these new Matangi's on the Kapiti line.
From what I've read the EE's just don't have any life left in them. For the Johnsonville line it's the Matangi's or bustitution.
That doesn't mean however that there can't be a legitimate problem with the Matangi's, just because they weren't build in China. Perhaps the designers didn't adequately take into account the effect the tight curves of the Johnsonville line would have on the bogies?
If they complainants lived in new houses build too close to the railway lines, or if their issue was only with the train horns, I would be less sympathetic but that does not seem to be the case.
Just because rail is exempt from noise regulations doesn't mean the issue, and its affect on public opinion, can be ignored.
Has anybody here heard the Matangi's along that section of the Johnsonville line?
No surprises there. Although I'd like to know if the GWRC took this into account during the Matangi acquisition.
As for the whingers in Crofton Downs, AFAIK nobody there even has a residence adjacent to the line anyway! I can't imagine the Matangi's being more noisy than the sometimes rattling and screeching English-Electrics. If you live near a railway line, you can expect noise. Just like if you live near a main road. I'm sure on those frequently windy days they won't notice a thing. A storm in a teacup...