Councillor Denise Craghill (Guildhall Ward) has been contacted by residents living close to the York Station following an increased amount of noise coming from Platform 4.
During January, trains from Scarborough were terminating in York rather than going through to Liverpool.
Councillor Craghillsaid, “I have been told by Transpennine Express that this particular issue has been caused by these new trains idling at the station following a recent temporary schedule change, which for the moment during lockdown has been changed back to a schedule that involves less idling.
“I was surprised to hear that this excess noise was being caused by the new Nova 3 diesel trains that were only introduced in 2019. How is that new trains are so much louder than old trains?
“Noise pollution is an increasing problem and can be just as damaging for our health as air pollution.
Councillor Craghill added, “Given the importance of doing more to reduce carbon emissions, it is disappointing that these new very noisy diesel trains have been introduced and also, I have been told that they take 15 mins to turn off and a further 15 minutes to turn back on, which according to the explanation I have been given, is a further reason for the long periods of idling experienced by nearby residents.’
The Nova 3 trains are hauled by diesel Class 68 locomotives and operate between – Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, York, Scarborough and Middlesbrough.
There have been similar complaints of noise caused by the new trains in Scarborough.