Rail Noise Abatement Project to get underway in Muswellbrook CBD next month

BUSINESSES and residents in the Muswellbrook CBD can look forward to reduced rail noise in the area with works to begin in November on the first stage of the Rail Noise Abatement Project.

Muswellbrook Shire Council has awarded a tender for the construction of three noise abatement walls along the busy rail corridor – one at Simpson Park and two along the railway line behind the Campbell’s Corner precinct.

Rail noise can impact on communities who live close to rail infrastructure. 

The Rail Noise Abatement Project is designed to reduce the noise of passing trains at the source and minimise impact on existing residents and businesses.

The 3.6 metre high walls will be built outside the rail corridor, feature a design motif, be “sandstone” coloured and feature extensive landscaping in front of the walls.

“Council was granted $1.95 million from the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Resources for Regions program to undertake detailed investigation, design and construction of the noise wall,” project manager Dennis Fernandes said.

“A reduction of between seven and 13 decibels is expected and council will undertake noise monitoring once construction is completed.

“With millions of tonnes of coal passing through Muswellbrook on the railway lines each year it is expected the project will help to alleviate some of the noise from the trains, open the area to outdoor dining and allow cultural and community events to take place in Simpson Park without interruption.

“Community consultation formed a large part of the process.”

The Rail Noise Abatement Project Stage 1 Concept was placed on public exhibition for 28 days earlier this year.

A series of engagement activities, including “drop-in” information sessions, were also held and council encouraged submissions from the community.

It is expected that Stage 1 will be completed by February, 2019.