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Residents living near a noisy Yarra Trams substation have been “driven up the wall” by loud humming, with the operator fined thousands over the disruption.
It comes as residents in a neighbouring suburb are fighting against the building of a similar electrical facility within metres of their homes.
The Environment Protection Authority first raised the noise issue with Yarra Trams owner KDR Victoria Pty Ltd after fed-up locals in Brunswick West first reported a loud “tonal whine” from the site was disturbing their sleep.
Substations transform voltages to better supply power to localised areas.
Authorities running tests in the area months later found the humming had not ceased and was recording noise levels as high as 12dbA (decibels) over the legal limit.
Substations transform voltage to better supply power to for trams in localised areas. Picture: Nicole GarmstonEPA staff billed the operators $8060 and Yarra Trams is in ongoing discussions on how to resolve the problem.
“It’s disappointing for the local community that they were not listened to by KDR,” said EPA metropolitan regional manager Daniel Hunt. “The substation is in a residential area and people are entitled to peace and quiet in their homes.”
But the EPA notice has also raised alarms bells for residents living nearby along Reynard St in Coburg where Public Transport Victoria is set to build a similar substation.
The new substation is one of 30 needed to help power the city’s next-generation trams as they are added to the network.
PTV acting CEO Alan Fedda said the operator was running more trams than ever and the fleet was constantly improving.
“To do this, additional supply power is needed to ensure a reliable tram service and enable more airconditioned and larger low-floor trams along Route 58,” he said.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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