Rail structure causes a shock

View from Barbara Carmichael's bedroom
View from Barbara Carmichael's bedroom

A WIGAN pensioner has spoken of her dismay after 20ft pylons were put up outside her house as part of railway line modifications.

Network Rail is updating the Huyton to Wigan route with work currently ongoing to install overhead electric power lines.

But Barbara Carmichael, who lives in Ashton, opened her curtains last week to see two structures directly outside the back of her house.

The 66-year-old said: “I woke up and they were there, they are awful.

“I have lived here for decades and now I don’t want to live here anymore. It has changed my life, I cried all the next day and couldn’t sleep.

“I wouldn’t wish it on anyone else, it should not happen like this.”

Mrs Carmichael, whose Bispham Drive property backs directly onto the line, said Network Rail had informed residents of the work but she had not expected the extent of the modifications.

She added: “I received a letter but it said that they would minimise direct impact for properties in heavily populated areas.”

A spokesman for Network Rail (NR) told the Evening Post they were in talks with residents of Bispham Drive to “allay any of their fears” and that work to electrify routes were going on across the North West as part of a “major investment programme”.

They added: “Modern electric trains are cleaner and quieter than the diesel services which currently use this route and will deliver a better service for passengers.

“To electrify the line, we do need to install structures to support the overhead line equipment at 50m metre intervals.

“Wherever possible our project team aim to minimise the visual impact by avoiding direct placement outside properties, however, this may be unavoidable where consecutive properties border the railway.”