Residents, fed up with increasingly loud noises coming from trains and railroad crossings near the Guelph Junction, gathered to protest CN, the company that owns the tracks, early on Tuesday morning.
After incessant horns kept citizens up for hours the night before, Monday evening was devoid of any unusual sounds coming from trains until later Tuesday morning, residents told The Post.
There was an eruption of complaints on Monday morning after noise related to what CN called investment in the local railway kept families, employees and others awake for several hours.
It was just the straw that broke the camel’s back, however, as the noise had been getting louder in recent weeks. The mayor, councillors and MP Lloyd Longfield were contacted by concerned citizens and it received national coverage.
Bob Riley, who lives near the Guelph Junction where a lot of the noise was emanating from, told The Post that overnight there were no track sounds. Riley, who lives at Waterloo Ave. and Roland St., is a night shift worker and sympathized with those impacted.
“It doesn’t bug me much,” Riley said, as he is usually up for his shift. “But if I were to be working days I could see how that would be very aggravating.”
The silence did not last for long.
Residents said that later on Tuesday morning they heard trains blasting horns starting at around 4:47 a.m. — and one Twitter user explained that Guelph Police were given permission by CN to arrest residents that came out to the rails in protest.
The Post has reached out to the Twitter user, Stef, for further comment. She said residents stopped the train horn until 6 a.m., calling CN’s actions “inhumane”.
Stef later posted that CN staff told her that they have to use the horn and that it is “in the manual”. She explained in a thread that the 140 decibel noises “persistently in the night wakes up everyone in the neighbourhood.”
“A secondary issue is the shunting [and] train signal noise which is also persistent.”
The protest was also attended by a a city councillor.
“I drove out to find young kids barely awake and just wanting to sleep were out protesting on tracks,” Coun. Phil Allt wrote on Twitter.
“CN is being disdainful of residents and offering vague excuses that change from day to day. All people want is a good night’s sleep. Bad business, bad PR.”
CN has let you down. I feel for the kids and parents who have to get up for work and school and who are protesting for a good night’s sleep. Such rubbish. Thanks to Guelph Police @gps for such a positive presence. I’m sure they want to arrest kids in PJ’s – not. https://t.co/rRcCTb7llY pic.twitter.com/XPbfrZk9hF
— Phil Allt: Councillor, Ward 3 Guelph (@PhilAlltWard3) June 4, 2019
— Stef 🇨🇦 ⚜️ (@stefcyclops) June 4, 2019
ThatGuelph and it’s Sister site The Guelph Post have both reached out for comment from CN in regards to events that took place Tuesday morning.