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Cambridge campaigners fighting to stop construction of nine-metre high train wash

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A group of residents have joined forces to try and stop a train wash being built at the end of their gardens.

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) are planning to construct the facility in a yard near Cambridge station; the tracks back on to the gardens of Great Eastern Street.

Residents there claim the size noise of the structure would have a detrimental impact on their lives.

"It's really an environmental impact that will effect the stress levels of everyone, it's already affected my home life with my partner being very upset about the whole thing."

– Ted Koehorst, local resident

The structure, which its estimated will be 30 metres long and nine metres high, does not require planning permission because it is being built on railway land.

Construction is due to start in April, and GTR say they are planning to minimise the impact on residents as much as possible.

A resident on Great Eastern Street mocked up what the train wash might look like Credit: Quash the Trainwash

"We really do care about the residents of Great Eastern Street and we understand their concerns.

"The experts are telling us that the sounds coming from the train wash are equivalent to that of a low conversation at the end of the worst affected garden.

"The facilities we're building at Cambridge are an absolute must to improve the services throughout that area."

– Steve Lammin, GTR Engineering Director