Stop the train horn noise pollution

23 December 2014

The sound of the electric train horns remains the single most complained about issue since I was elected to represent Bright. The problem is significant and is driving people crazy from Marino to Hove (the suburbs in my electorate which have pedestrian or vehicle crossings).  I have met with Transport Department officials and written to the minister on numerous occasions about this matter and I have had some progress, but as many would know it is still not completely resolved.

The sound of the electric train horns remains the single most complained about issue since I was elected to represent Bright. The problem is significant and is driving people crazy from Marino to Hove (the suburbs in my electorate which have pedestrian or vehicle crossings).  I have met with Transport Department officials and written to the minister on numerous occasions about this matter and I have had some progress, but as many would know it is still not completely resolved.

I am informed that the horns on all but two of the electric trains have been replaced with a lower frequency horn and that there are also more stringent policies in place around the use of the horn by drivers, but I am unconvinced that this is improving things.  A couple of weeks ago, in the still early morning, I decided to take my stand up paddle board down to the beach at Kingston Park before heading into parliament.  As I was out on the water, I was taken aback by the very frequent blasts punctuating the atmosphere. Of course it was the train horn, shattering the peace of the morning – and I was out at sea!

I cannot accept the government’s position that they have replaced the horns and if they have, it’s simply a waste of money because they have replaced something bad with something equally as bad! I have written to the Minister regarding this many times and I will continue to battle away on this issue in 2015.

The more communication and evidence I have, the more opportunities I have to continue to broach this issue with the minister so I encourage you to:

  1. Write to me at bright@parliament.sa.gov.au and share your experiences
  2. Sign the petition set up by local residents and;
  3. ‘Like’ the Stop the train horns on the Seaford line Facebook page.