Steps are set to be taken to address complaints about trains sounding loud horns in Cardross - except at Bainfield Crossing.

People in the village have been troubled by horns sounding through the night to alert those in the vicinity of the station that trains are approaching.

The horn is used by drivers if they perceive a risk on approach to a level crossing.

Network Rail has confirmed they will take action to reduce the train noise following a packed community meeting at Geilston Hall in Cardross, which was organised by Helensburgh and Lomond's MSP Jackie Baillie.

Helensburgh Advertiser: The hall in Cardross was packed with residents that wanted their say on the matterThe hall in Cardross was packed with residents that wanted their say on the matter (Image: Jackie Baillie MSP)

Senior sponsor at Network Rail, Laura Mitchell confirmed that, by the end of this year, miniature stop lights will be installed at two out of three crossings within the village with the exception of Bainfield Crossing.

Miniature stop lights, similar to a traffic light system, had been designed for Bainfield Crossing however they have been deemed not to be appropriate due to the proximity of the crossing to the station and the fact that many users are young people who are heading to school.

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They cited an example in Elsenham in which two young people lost their lives explaining that users of the crossing may see the gates closed at Cardross station and assume that it is safe but not take into account that a train could be travelling in the opposite direction.

Network Rail described how the installation of the lights at the crossings, locally known as Murray’s Crossing and Geilston Farm, would mean that drivers would not need to use their horns at these locations once they become operational.

They were also open to further discussion on the matter and to seeking an alternative solution at Bainfield to the whistleboard which is currently in operation.

Helensburgh Advertiser: Jackie Baillie MSP organised the meeting earlier this monthJackie Baillie MSP organised the meeting earlier this month (Image: Jackie Baillie MSP)

Ms Baillie said: “I want to thank the many people from the village who came to the community meeting.

"The attendance really showed the strength of feeling from residents and highlighted how keen people are to find a solution which provides ongoing safety and reduces noise levels for those who are worst affected, whilst ensuring that the crossing remains open. 

“It is clear that the opinions within the village vary depending on where people stay as some people who live further away from the trainline experience more noise whereas those who stay closer to the line are not affected.

“On the night, there was a really healthy debate and local people made insightful suggestions which Network Rail will take away to work on.

"I am pleased that the agency’s representatives were willing to listen and reassure residents that they are taking this matter seriously.

“Everyone at the meeting agreed that the most important factor was people’s safety but there is the possibility of finding a solution which will deliver on this and reduce noise.

“I am hopeful that, with the installation of the new lights at both Murray’s Crossing and Geilston Farm, this will see a significant reduction of noise.

"I look forward to catching up with residents and Network Rail early next year to find out if this has helped to address the problems and to see what further steps can be taken at Bainfield to maintain access, increase safety and reduce noise further.”

Network Rail has been approached for comment.