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House Shaking from road traffic-HGVS and Buses

Reported via desktop anonymously at 14:58, Thursday 11 May 2023

Sent to Hackney Council less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 4542529.

We had a visit from public highways inspector Christopher Smith on the issue, it's still happening and we would like to know the plans for a resolution to the issue. there is potential structural damage to the property that could happen.

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  • Thank you for your report regarding potential structural damage to your property as a result of road traffic on Cassland Road (A106).

    It is our understanding that a site visit was undertaken by a Council Street Works Inspector, who visited the area in question and determined that there was no evidence of damaged statutory utilities equipment or defective carriageway that could generate noise from traffic.

    Damage to properties is unlikely to occur as a result of vibrations caused by traffic. Research undertaken by the Transport Research Laboratory into the effects of ground-borne vibrations caused by road traffic and humps found that buildings would need to be located at least 1m from a road hump to avoid vibration exposure causing minor damage and at least 4m to avoid superficial cracks from sustained exposure.

    Our duty as the Highway Authority, under Section 41 of The Highways Act 1980, is to maintain the highway so that it is free from danger to all users. We however have no duty to investigate traffic-induced noise and building vibration generated by road users. As Cassland Road is an A classification road, it is subject to significant traffic as it is a main distributor road

    Many structural problems are not related to the public highway but instead caused by other factors. In such cases, our advice is for homeowners or their insurers to consider commissioning a structural survey of their property to understand if there are other factors which require investigation.

    I refer you to the statement made by Councillor Mete Coban on the 24th January 2023 which can be read below, which outlines the Council's plans to make three-quarters of the borough low traffic. This also includes the following:

    Investigate introducing segregated cycling on Well Street and Cassland Road [currently unfunded] low-traffic-hackney/ They would be subject to proper investigation and collection of traffic data to determine the best course of action. However, as Cassland Road (A106) is an important trunk road leading traffic to the A12, it is not a suitable road for the introduction of an LTN.

    I hope that you find this helpful. Please contact if you need further assistance.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Hackney Council at 12:03, Thursday 8 June 2023

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