News Release from Thompsons Solicitors Scotland - For immediate release
A campaign launched by Scottish residents whose lives have been disrupted by noise and vibration caused by a local train line have been given a boost following a Parliamentary debate.
Mid Scotland and Fife MSP, Dr Richard Simpson yesterday (Wednesday) asked the Transport Minister, Keith Brown MSP, if he had any proposals to alleviate suffering for constituents suffering severe disturbance from freight on the Stirling, Alloa and Clackmannan to Kincardine and Longannet line.
During the Scottish Labour Party rail debate on the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) Dr Simpson told the Parliament how one family in particular, the McIvers had been left in despair following regular noise pollution reaching 85 decibels with no mitigation from the Scottish Government.
Archie McIver and his family, along with other residents, have suffered for four years due to freight using the line overnight. Mr McIver is chair of the campaign organisation Noise Vibration Action Group (NVAG) and has been working with Thompsons Solicitors Scotland to resolve this constant blight on their lives.
Archie McIver, chair of NVAG said: “Myself and other members of the group are grateful to Dr Simpson for taking up this issue on our behalf in the Scottish Parliament and hope this will go some way towards resolution.
“The impact this has had on our lives has made the past few years nothing short of unbearable. It will take more than a Parliamentary debate to resolve this but we are satisfied that the issue is being addressed and we will continue to campaign until we are finally able to live our lives peacefully and without unnecessary disruption from freight noise and vibrations.”
Patrick McGuire, Partner with Thompsons Scotland added: “Today’s debate is an important step forward for the families who have been made to suffer disruption to their home lives for far too long.
“Transport Scotland has contiunally failed to meet European standards on noise and vibration and I welcome recognition of this in Parliament.
“Thompsons Scotland is working closely with the action group to resolve these issues and we hope this debate will bring us a step close to settling matters for those involved.”
Earlier this week NVAG sent an open leter to Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond on the issue.
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More information on the campaign, as well as the open letter to the First Minister can be found at www.nvag.org.uk.