10/02/2011 02:17 PM
The gardens of properties in Millgate Crescent, in the village of Caldercruix, are sat directly by the new Airdrie to Bathgate rail line, the Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser reports.
Residents say they have been battling for years to secure tall security fencing and an acoustic barrier to limit both the noise and their exposure to traffic.
Householder George Reilly told the newspaper that despite contacting Network Rail and his local MP, "nothing is being done".
"The line is just 12 feet from the bottom of our gardens and only 36 feet from the house; passengers can look right in and we want high fences or screening put up," he said.
"We were also told sound testing would be carried out, but it never happened; and now it's a nightmare as the trains are whooshing along making a horrific noise."
A spokesperson for Network Rail said that such fences and noise screens are only used when there is a particular need for them.
"The railway boundary fence behind these properties is of a standard design and we would only use an alternative material if there was an operational need to do so."
This week, Network Rail warned about the dangers of driving dangerously at level crossings on train tracks. The company said the number of motorists trying to beat the security barriers at level crossings increased by 15 per cent in 2010.