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A retired Hunter Valley psychiatrist is warning any extension to rail hours in the Gloucester Basin will have a detrimental impact on hundreds of residents.
Duralie Coal is seeking State Government approval to increase its hours for receiving and dispatching coal on a haulage train from 15 to 19 hours a day.
The Planning Assessment Commission will hold community meetings in Stroud tonight and tomorrow morning.
Steve Robinson from the Barrington Gloucester Stroud Preservation Alliance says constant noise can be a significant stress for locals.
"I'm a retired psychiatrist," he said.
"I regularly saw people stressed by various aspects of the coal mining, but certainly the noise of the trains at night was something that I regularly heard.
"Noise is something is very pervasive."
Mr Robinson says Duralie's plans to stop trains at one o'clock each morning will not be good for locals.
"Obviously this loss of sleep can affect them emotionally, it can affect their ability to concentrate and learn the next day," he said.
"I saw the extension of the rail hours as something that was going to cause distress to probably several hundred people for no good reason."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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