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Darwen residents say temporary road surface is vibrating their homes

Lancashire Telegraph: Blackburn Road in Darwen Blackburn Road in Darwen

Residents and businesses on a busy main road through Darwen claim a temporary surface put down after gas works is causing properties to shake when lorries drive past.

A large section of Blackburn Road was dug up earlier this year as National Grid carried out maintenance work to pipes running under the road.

It was resurfaced with a temporary substance ahead of expected resurfacing work to be carried out in the new year.

But the business owners said vibrations could now be felt when heavy trucks went past.

However, National Grid said it had carried out its own inspection following complaints and was satisfied the problem was not due to its resurfacing work.

David Scott, of Design Hair and Beauty Salon, believed the road surface was insufficient.

He said: “You can feel the 40-tonne wagons driving past. There are dips in the tarmac and you can see the lorries dip into them as they drive along.”

Shopna Hussain, 37, who runs and lives above Aman’s convenience store in Blackburn Road, saod: “At 5am, when big lorries go past, it causes the wardrobes to shake because of the vibrations. It has been happening since the gas works were started in August. It is disturbing us every morning when everything starts shaking. It is like a tremor.”

Earcroft councillor Trevor Maxfield, who is deputy chairman of Darwen Town Council, said the surface should be repaired by National Grid. He said: “I have had a couple of complaints from residents. The neighbours had been campaigning for a while to get it resurfaced.

“If a utility company has the right to come and dig it up, they should be expected to put it back how it was.”

A spokesman for National Grid said: “We recently received a complaint about vibrations at a property. However, we investigated this and found that the vibrations were nothing to do with our resurfacing work.

“Our vital gas mains replacement work was planned and agreed with the council and has now been completed. As with the mains replacement work, the resurfacing work was discussed and agreed with the council.

“The current weather conditions are not appropriate for permanent resurfacing work so we have carried out temporary resurfacing as an interim measure.”

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3:11pm Tue 18 Dec 12

chris283 says...

first point you lot are moaning the roads are bad second your complaining about the vibration when they do mend the roads stop moaning and get a life
first point you lot are moaning the roads are bad second your complaining about the vibration when they do mend the roads stop moaning and get a life chris283
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4:02pm Tue 18 Dec 12

realist1 says...

chris283 wrote:
first point you lot are moaning the roads are bad second your complaining about the vibration when they do mend the roads stop moaning and get a life
Erm, nobody complained about the roads being bad in that area and they haven't "mended" the road, they have put down a temporary road surface until the permanent surface is installed next year, as it clearly says in the article. My only worry is the bad traffic will return to that area, but just like before, I will get over it.
[quote][p][bold]chris283[/bold] wrote: first point you lot are moaning the roads are bad second your complaining about the vibration when they do mend the roads stop moaning and get a life[/p][/quote]Erm, nobody complained about the roads being bad in that area and they haven't "mended" the road, they have put down a temporary road surface until the permanent surface is installed next year, as it clearly says in the article. My only worry is the bad traffic will return to that area, but just like before, I will get over it. realist1
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4:05pm Tue 18 Dec 12

CapitaBackHander says...

LUCKY them, I wish someone would come and put a temporary surface on my road.
LUCKY them, I wish someone would come and put a temporary surface on my road. CapitaBackHander
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6:20pm Tue 18 Dec 12

mcadee says...

Suppose it makes a whole new reason when after making love to the wife and ask did you feel the earth move dear...No...It was a 40 ton truck driving passed......
Suppose it makes a whole new reason when after making love to the wife and ask did you feel the earth move dear...No...It was a 40 ton truck driving passed...... mcadee
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7:12pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Sajdin says...

Why has this become a new article?
Why has this become a new article? Sajdin
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10:42am Wed 19 Dec 12

louderfasterlonger says...

Sajdin wrote:
Why has this become a new article?
Because we have two people that have chosen to live above their thriving businesses on a Major Arterial Route.
[quote][p][bold]Sajdin[/bold] wrote: Why has this become a new article?[/p][/quote]Because we have two people that have chosen to live above their thriving businesses on a Major Arterial Route. louderfasterlonger
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