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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-17881: Peter Chapman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 25 July 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to compensate people affected by the decision to allow work on the Aberdeen-Inverness rail line to take place 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 10 August 2018

Whilst recognising that railway infrastructure works can give rise to a degree of unavoidable noise and disturbance to residents in the vicinity, the blockade works between Aberdeen and Dyce are short-term, and are on programme to complete by 20 August 2018. Network Rail has taken steps to encourage its appointed contractor for the project (Bam Nuttall Ltd) to use all reasonable diligence to control the noise emanating from the works and to take all reasonable steps to reduce the levels of noise and disturbance where it can.

The responsibility for dealing with noise nuisance complaints, including construction noise, rests with the local authority, which has a duty to investigate complaints. There is however, no statutorily defined limit for the volume of noise which constitutes a statutory nuisance. Each complaint would be for investigation by an environmental health officer. Accordingly, as there are established mechanisms to seek recourse, the Scottish Government has no plans to compensate lineside neighbours affected by the short-term works between Aberdeen and Dyce being delivered as part of the Aberdeen to Inverness Rail Improvement project.