NETWORK Rail have informed residents to expect disruption to their sleep in the coming weeks as they commence work to change railway sleepers and timbers.

People living in Surrey Avenue, Darwen, received a letter on Friday telling them the essential work to Rakes Viaduct would be carried out between midnight and 6am for two weeks in November.

On-site generators, power tools, site lighting and on-track machines and plants will be in operation, as Network Rail claim the work needs to be completed during the night to avoid causing disruption to train services.

A spokesperson for Network Rail said: "Safety is our priority and for this reason work of this nature must be carried out while trains are not running.

"We understand the inconvenience and disruption our work may cause. The type of equipment and machinery we use does mean some disturbance is unavoidable, but we will make every effort to minimise any unnecessary noise."

Work will commence for four days from Monday November 11 and a further four days from Monday November 25.