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House is shaking almost every 10 -15 minutes when bus drives by

Reported in the Road or pavement defect category anonymously at 15:05, Tue 23 October 2012

Sent to Harrow 4 minutes later

Road defects

I have lived in Rayners Lane for last 8 months. recently this became a serious issue. H12 double-decker bus travels along the road I don't know maybe every 10-15 minutes and also stops by outside the main entrance of our block of flats. The weight of the bus, probably the only one large vehicle (apart from rubbish collecting truck) has undoubtedly contributed towards the wear and tear of the road and as of such our block of flats (Quartz Terrace/Court) now constantly shakes whenever a larger vehicle (including buses) travels past. It is especially bad when they travel at speed and the vibration can be very bad! I can see how water line in a glass is shaking when the bus is couple of meters away. My house seems to shake more violently from weeks to another. I have seen some temporary work done on the road surface and this helped the situation for 2 weeks but after that we are back to the same problem as they are all back to previous state. The impact of all this constant shaking has led to the paint on the wall in my flat to crack. My balcony changed it angle which is really worrying. Mentally, apart from being awakened in the middle of the night by the shaking (not only the sound of the car but when the building shakes you can hear radiator, any glass shelves making noises from vibration), I am worried that this will have a bad impact on the state of the building. And when I purchased the flat this problem did not exist. If the situation continues and problem for example with the balcony develops even more I will have to look into a form of compensation for this damage to the property.

Initially I would like to see the road on entire stretch filled in. Secondly, it would be ideal if alternative route could be enforced for all large vehicles. There is costcutter around the corner with plenty of parking space, maybe the bus stop could be moved there and maybe the bus could come via Clitheroe Avenue avoiding the area of block of flats. It's natural that block of flat will suffer more from vibration that usual terrace houses.

I cannot submit any pictures as there is plenty of bumps and and defects which are causing the vibration. Someone should be sent to inspect these.

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  • Still open, via questionnaire, 16:11, Tue 20 November 2012

  • Unfortunately I have not received any communication from the council at all. The situation gets more serious. My balcony bent so much that the rain water that's supposed to go to the gutter is running in opposite direction and stands still. I am sure this does not do any good to the balcony and it's long term condition. I feel like we are being left with our problem and no one cares about it.

    Posted anonymously at 16:11, Tue 20 November 2012

  • Questionnaire filled in by problem reporter; State changed to: Fixed, 22:08, Tue 2 April 2013

  • The road has been resurfaced and the problem is now fixed. I wonder who will fix the cracked walls in my living room and bedroom which were result of the shakes ... ;-/

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted anonymously at 22:08, Tue 2 April 2013

  • I live in a small village called Broome on the boundry of Norfolk/Suffolk, appreciate that the Village needs a Bus route as my own children did when they went to school and im wondering what can be done ?? Maybe to reduce the speed would be all that is required. Like you i have evidence that my house is shaking and i'm not complaining for arguements sake. Please feel to respond Vanessa

    Posted anonymously at 09:04, Sun 19 May 2013

  • Hi the road surface was fixed last year. But then they needed to do some works and fixed with asphalt patch. Now the problem returned and the whole building is sharing when the bus passes by! I got even more cracks on the walls.

    Posted by Judyta at 18:22, Thu 9 April 2015

  • I dont live far from rayners lane in Hillingdon & i have ovr 540 busses passing my house every week. i have replastered my house 3 times & only when recovering from knee surgery did i twig that busses passing are the cause. councils wont bother, fill ur house with wind chimes & send it on social media. Nobody litigation wise wants to take you on. horrendous x

    Posted by Lucia at 14:45, Mon 20 March 2017

  • Council and TFL and blaming each other - nobody is accountable, meanwhile cracks are continual, and have been advised by family friends and builders - to sell and move out.

    Posted by lucia Alexandra at 22:55, Wed 5 April 2017

  • I had complained to the council as well and was told to contact TFL, I live on Oxleay road and I have the same problem, some days I am worried if its safe to be in the house. The problem is the speed that these buses zoom by sometimes and the road is not designed for the double decker buses. I am thinking of starting a petition to get this problem fixed.

    Posted anonymously at 14:12, Tue 13 June 2017

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