Residents in Sudbury accuse Brent Council of dithering over road repairs

Angry residents protest about the crumbling Station Approach road which causes their homes to vibrat

Angry residents protest about the crumbling Station Approach road which causes their homes to vibrate and cracks appear on their walls as buses pound by - Credit: Archant

Angry residents near Sudbury Town Underground Station are calling on Brent Council to stop dithering and carry out the much needed repairs to their crumbling road.

The road surface of Station Approach is full of large dips and cracks due to a large fault in the sinking concrete base which is causing houses to vibrate when buses pass.

Some residents are seeing cracks in the walls and are worried more damage will be caused.

Mr Kishor Gangadia, who has lived in Station Approach with his family for over 30 years, said: “Station Approach used to be a pleasant road but we are now living in a nightmare of constant vibration every time a bus, a lorry or even a car passes over the uneven and crumbling road. We feel very let down by Brent Council who have so far failed to take effective action”.

In the past the road was only used by one bus service operating every 30 minutes or so. Now three bus services use the small road to access Sudbury Town Underground Station with 20 to 30 bus movements every hour.

Last year Paul Lorber, former Liberal Democrat councillor, advised the council to rebuild the concrete base but says only “patching repairs” were done to the tarmac surface which lasted two weeks before the road sunk again, large cracks appearing as the road continued to be pounded by heavy buses.

He said: “Sadly Brent Council did not listen and wasted a great deal of time and money on patch up repairs which were never going to work. The only effective action is to strip off all the tarmac and rebuild the original concrete road below. I hope that the Council will listen to the residents’ pleas now and do the work properly this time.”

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Councillor George Crane, Lead Member for Environment at Brent Council said: “We are taking the reports from residents about the condition of Station Approach very seriously and our officers are investigating the condition of the road.

“Trial holes will be dug on Station Approach, Sudbury to provide information of the underlying structure of the road to help determine the appropriate course of action.

“The vibrations to houses are mainly caused by speeding buses and we are working with TFL, who operate the buses, to ensure that drivers travel along the roads at appropriate speeds. Residents should report any issues of speeding buses to TfL directly on 0845 300 7000”.

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