Mysterious humming sound in Surbiton leaves residents baffled - Kingston Council issues noise diaries

Surrey Comet: Hum: Is it coming from Surbiton Station? Hum: Is it coming from Surbiton Station?

A mysterious background hum has led Kingston Council to issue noise diaries to Surbiton residents.

The noise has been an irritation for weeks, but the source of the noise itself remains unknown.

One Surbiton forum user said: “I can only describe it [as] white noise and quite low frequency.”

Another added: “The noise is very low frequency and is a humming, whirling motor sound. You can hear the sound in every room of our flat.”

Glenbuck Road and Avenue Elmers residents reported hearing the hum throughout the day and night.

Forum users speculated it may be emanating from within Surbiton station, or behind McDonald’s.

Do you know what the source of the hum is? Call the newsdesk on 020 8744 4273 or email jon.sharman@london.newsquest.co.uk.

 

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1:22pm Mon 10 Feb 14

alroutemaster says...

VERY interesting. I live very close to Mitcham Eastfields station, and ever since they built it have been plagued by a low humming noise. Perhaps Merton Council would like to, issue local residents with "noise diaries". But I have not asked, because Merton could not care less about us.....
VERY interesting. I live very close to Mitcham Eastfields station, and ever since they built it have been plagued by a low humming noise. Perhaps Merton Council would like to, issue local residents with "noise diaries". But I have not asked, because Merton could not care less about us..... alroutemaster

8:35pm Mon 10 Feb 14

kelliep1970 says...

One of my sons mentioned an annoying humming noise but nobody else could hear it... we are hook roadnear tolworth road... xx
One of my sons mentioned an annoying humming noise but nobody else could hear it... we are hook roadnear tolworth road... xx kelliep1970

9:28am Tue 11 Feb 14

Tony from Surbiton says...

I did wonder whether it was the new (super large and double) street lights that were making the noise, as big lights can hum.

It would certainly explain why it’s a new phenomenon and if they all made a very quiet humming noise, it would be very difficult to pinpoint where it was coming from.

However, you would have thought that some of the flats living very close to the lights would have noticed and complained by now. Also, the location of kelliep1970 (post above) doesn't really support my theory. Oh well, perhaps not.
I did wonder whether it was the new (super large and double) street lights that were making the noise, as big lights can hum. It would certainly explain why it’s a new phenomenon and if they all made a very quiet humming noise, it would be very difficult to pinpoint where it was coming from. However, you would have thought that some of the flats living very close to the lights would have noticed and complained by now. Also, the location of kelliep1970 (post above) doesn't really support my theory. Oh well, perhaps not. Tony from Surbiton

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