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A noisy grinder machine repairing Auckland’s railway tracks overnight is annoying residents.
State-owned rail operator KiwiRail says noise from the machine reaches 84 decibels, and is comparable to a motorcycle or lawnmower running down the street.
The works, which are taking place on the Onehunga Line from 11pm to 4am, began on Friday and are expected to end by Wednesday.
The grinder machine was imported from Australia, and will be used to repair tracks between 11pm and 4am.
An Onehunga resident said she was woken by the grinder machine several times over the weekend.
“There was a lot of clanging noises, it sounded like construction but it was just too late at night for it,” she said.
“It went on for a while, and was very annoying.”
An Onehunga resident says she woke up to the sound of clanging caused by the repair works multiple times over the weekend.
The grinder machine takes about an hour and a half to repair a 300-metre curve of track, while a turnout takes around two hours.
The Onehunga Line runs through the suburbs of Onehunga and Penrose.
KiwiRail chief operating officer Todd Moyle said he wanted to get the project completed as quickly as possible with minimal disruption for passengers.
KiwiRail chief operating officer Todd Moyle acknowledged the grinder machine could cause disruptions for neighbouring communities.
“We know this may, unfortunately, cause some disruption for our corridor neighbours, and we apologise in advance for this,” he said.
“The work we do now means we have better control over fatigue cracking that may occur.”
KiwiRail is in the process of repairing around 100 kilometres of rail across the region, and the grinder machine will be used across all lines on the network to smooth new and worn rail.
This article first appeared on www.stuff.co.nz
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