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Train drivers give a sympathetic hoot

PUBLISHED: 12:38 05 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:08 03 March 2010

TRAIN drivers have been told to use their horns sensitively to avoid unnecessary noise pollution for people living near a station.

But the pressure group fighting the pollution said it remained disappointed with the amount of noise made as trains left Woodbridge station.

TRAIN drivers have been told to use their horns sensitively to avoid unnecessary noise pollution for people living near a station.

But the pressure group fighting the pollution said it remained disappointed with the amount of noise made as trains left Woodbridge station.

Woodbridge Residents Against Pointless Klaxon Blasting launched a campaign in June to stop the horn blasts, saying the sirens and flashing lights at an unmanned level crossing outside the station were enough to alert pedestrians and vehicles.

Anglia Railways said the horn was specifically introduced because of alterations to the platform at the station.

Anglia Railways spokesman, Peter Meades said: "We have briefed our train drivers and will rebrief if necessary to use the warning horn as sensitively and sympathetically as they can.

"We acknowledge the concerns of residents in the area about noise pollution, but if there was subsequently an accident and we had been seen not to carry out the rules and regulations, then it would be our responsibility."

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