Student says rail construction noise could affect Year 12 exams

The ear-splitting light rail construction in Sydney has already cost businesses dearly and now one student is complaining it’ll cost her big marks on this year’s higher school certificate.

The stress of the HSC is bad enough for teenagers without all-night jackhammering from a light rail project just outside the window.

“It’s like trying to study in a construction zone,” Rachel Prestwidge told 7News. 

Like others living nearby, Rachel’s mother was unhappy with the soundproofing offered by construction company, Acciona, so she went to Parliament House – and secured a promise from the transport minister.

“He offered double glazing and air conditioning – and unfortunately that was over three months ago and I haven’t seen anything yet,”  Lisa Prestwidge claimed.

Rachel says it has been like trying to study in a construction zone. Source: 7News
The light rail construction has already cost businesses dearly and now one student is complaining it’ll cost her big marks on this year’s higher school certificate. Source: 7News

The contractor’s offer of a fortnight of hotel accommodation – was knocked back.

“We can’t be uprooted from her own home that she’s familiar with,” Ms Prestwidge said.

Jodi McKay, Shadow Transport Minister said, “It is such an important part of your life and all you’ve got is light rail noise, it’s just not fair”

“It’s not fair for me going up against other students who don’t have to live with this everyday,” Rachel told 7 News. 

The government says it has been in communication with the family.

Her mother says the government has heard their concerns loud and clear, but hasn’t done enough to keep the noise down. Source: 7News

Businesses along the route are more worried about how quiet things have been.

A class action is expected to be lodged early next week.