As a Newtown resident, a few weeks ago I got the letter below on the subject of works on the railway over the Christmas period -- piling to create foundations for overhead power lines for the trains. Looking at the bigger picture, this is part of improving the station they should be welcome. However, the possible noise was of concern to me and I can imagine others in Newtown. I followed it up with the Council, and got the response below. According to the plan the work should have already started. I haven't heard of any problems so far, but please get in contact if you experience any. You can also contact Network Rail on their 24 hour helpline 08457 114141.
Council response: "The contractors have applied to the Council for consent for the piling works under section 61 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974. The consent has been given with a number of conditions attached including: requiring Network Rail to undertake communication with residents; preventing work on consecutive nights outside of particular residential areas; and no noisy work to take place at Christmas (24th-27th December). These measures will reduce the impact, but unfortunately some level of noise disturbance is inevitable."