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Strange ‘hum’ noise plaguing Felixstowe is still a mystery

PUBLISHED: 20:44 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:16 26 September 2018

Looking towards the sea, along the line of quays of the Port of Felixstowe - could the port's ships or rail line work be causing night-time noise? Picture: MIKE PAGE

Looking towards the sea, along the line of quays of the Port of Felixstowe - could the port's ships or rail line work be causing night-time noise? Picture: MIKE PAGE

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Environmental health officers at Suffolk Coastal say they have received no complaints about the strange droning noise that has been annoying residents.

Work to dual part of the Felixstowe to Ipswich line to increase rail freight has been blamed for the noise Picture: SIMON PARKERWork to dual part of the Felixstowe to Ipswich line to increase rail freight has been blamed for the noise Picture: SIMON PARKER

The top theory is that the noise – a kind of low hum, worse at night, and which can also be heard in the Trimley villages and Kirton – is coming from the work to dual part of the Felixstowe-Ipswich rail line.

The project is creating a second track as part of a 1.4km passing loop between Trimley St Martin and Porter’s Culvert at Nacton to allow two long freight trains to pass each other and increase the freight usage of the line.

The work will support up to 10 additional freight trains in each direction – each taking the equivalent of up to 76 lorries off the roads, helping to reduce congestion and pollution.

The scheme will also see the closure of several footpath crossings and some rerouting of footpaths, and the creation of a huge bridge to allow walkers and horse riders to cross over the tracks.

The work is due to continue until autumn 2019.

The second theory is that the noise is coming from large container ships anchored at sea waiting to access the Port of Felixstowe. Although several miles away, it is reckoned the noise of the ships can clearly be heard in some weather conditions.

A Suffolk Coastal District Council spokesman said no investigation was taking place.

He added: “We will ask our ‘noise patrol’ people to listen out for it, when they are out and about. Otherwise complaints should be directed through Customer Services.”

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