24 July 2006

Note from overground

As the train crawls through Hayes and Harlington, past the old EMI factory, I notice that on the south side of the tracks a wall of straw bales has been erected. Perhaps ‘acoustic barrier’ is more like it, as I think the railway is fenced off anyway. It’s only three or four feet high, but it probably absorbs a lot of the noise from the wheels of the passing trains and makes life more bearable in the houses alongside the track. It’s also ecologically sound – though surely it’s a not insignificant fire risk?

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