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Gas works in Kensal Rise postponed after engineers fail to show up

PUBLISHED: 13:45 19 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:45 19 July 2017

Chamberlayne Road (Google Earth)

Chamberlayne Road (Google Earth)

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Gas engineers due to start working in Kensal Rise have been temporarily pulled off the job for failing to turn up.

Brent Council officers removed cordons, cones and signs signalling the work due to be carried out by Cadent on Chamberlayne Road on Monday evening after residents complained no-one had turned up.

Cadent wrote to residents on June 20 telling them they would be closing Chamberlayne Road to northbound traffic from Banister Road to Wrentham Avenue from July 19 to “ensure everyone’s safety”.

They are commissioned to replace old metal gas mains with new pipes in a project that is due to end on October 31 but the work has now been postponed.

In a letter to residents Paul McDonagh, a network engineer for Brent Council, said that he and a colleague re-opened the road as it was “considered dangerous”.

He said: “There were no cadent operatives on site and there were no information boards to be seen.”

A meeting will be held “over the next few days”, he said, adding: “No work will be done on this site this week.”

David Lewis, a local resident, said: “We called the council and are amazed they opened the road. It’s a lesson to companies they can’t just expect to close the roads and not turn up. It’s very frustrating for residents. When they do come they have to make up the time, we don’t want this dragging on.”

A spokesman for Cadent said: “The gas mains replacement work on Chamberlayne Road has been postponed, to enable arrangements for the project to be reviewed.

“Cadent are meeting with Brent Council to discuss what will be required to enable the work to go-ahead and we will update the local community once a new work timetable has been agreed with the council.

“Our traffic management was not working as expected and changes, including additional signage, are also required to keep the area safe for motorists and pedestrians

“We are looking at the issue of resourcing for the project as part of this process.

“We are also investigating this matter with our contractors.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.”

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