Metro reported to police after noise complaints

Neighbours to Metro construction are not convinced that threatened fines will be enough to stop loud noises from work sites after working hours

June 6th, 2012 4:39 pm| by admin

The firm building the new 18-station extenstion of the Metro has been reported to the police by the City Council for working outside of permitted hours and how risks a 50,000 kroner fine.

According to metroXpress newspaper, the council has documented that Copenhagen Metro Team has exceeded the after-hours limit of 70dB. 

Copenhagen Metro Team, wihch is made up of Salini and Ansaldo, two Italian companies, is not allowed to work past 7pm on weekdays or 6pm on Saturdays.

The deputy mayor for environmental and technical affairs, Ayfer Baykal (Socialistisk Folkeparti), confirmed that CMT had violated the rules.

“We increased our surveillance of the building sites after complaints from neighbours,” Baykal told metroXpress. “First we issued an injunction against to the builders to stop them making from noise outside of the designated hours and warned them that we would report them to the police. That step we have now had to take.”

Baykal added that the council has no responsibility for the actions of CMT, even though the council owns 50 percent of Metroselskabet, which operates the Metro and hired CMT to do the work.

Tom Manczak, a neighbourhood spokesperson who lives beside the Metro construction site in the Nørrebro district, said he did not have high hopes that CMT would start following the rules.

“I fear that the most realistic scenario is that they will continue to work overtime if the work gets delayed and it turns out that they have set an unrealistic timetable,” Manczak told metroXpress.

(Photo by Paul Kalirai)
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