Why dig up a cordoned off road in a residential area at midnight? York Way and Copenhagen Street

Very noisy and disruptive late night road works in a residential area are unacceptable. This video from 11:45 Thursday night was sent in by resident Seth. It has to be heard to be believed:

I might be wrong but it’s probably all caught up in the complicated redesigning of this junction for access to the new Kings Cross Central development – highways responsibility for which is generally with Camden, even though this work is in Islington by 20 metres.  According to Seth, Toppesfield ‘the benchmark for surfacing’ are the contractors.  Of course it’s always convenient to kick the contractors, but one has to trace back to who asked them to work at this time of night in a densely populated residential area.

Seth says:

‘As I type this, it is 23:34PM on Thursday, August 22nd. Unbelievably, and without warning, a full road crew appeared under our windows this evening at the junction of Copenhagen Street and York Way and began to completely resurface the junction!

What absolute genius authorised these works at such an obscene time? The usual, tired old excuses do not possibly apply here – e.g. minimise disruption to traffic and/or health & safety. The section being worked on as I type has been cordoned off by barriers for over a week now with no traffic on it and there is therefore absolutely no issue with disrupting traffic or safety. So why are they working at this completely unacceptable time and causing such severe stress to local residents?

I attempted to get some answers from the Camden Town website…with no joy. Their site is about as useful as a chocolate teapot and as navigable as Hampton Court maze. I am attaching one of several videos that I took of the situation in the hope that someone, somewhere will do something…or at the very least, let us residents know who actually authorised these works. The only identifying marks on the vehicles are for a firm called Toppesfield. I called the numbers on their site but guess what…?!

We are all livid with this situation – which is not the first time…they did the same thing on the opposite side of the road a few weeks ago. What gives these faceless people the right to disrupt peoples’ lives in this way?

Really poor showing that adds to the massive aggravation caused by the York Way road works for Kings Cross Central- does anyone know what is going on?

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust , Good Things Foundation and ThreeSixtyGiving as well as Connect8.
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1 Response to Why dig up a cordoned off road in a residential area at midnight? York Way and Copenhagen Street

  1. Sno says:

    Its all in the name of progress for future Camden residents. Us on the Islington side are of no concern. Who’s gonna compensate me for my lack of sleep ?

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