Family has bad vibes over busway

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AN ANGRY resident is in dispute with transport bosses due to months of misery while the guided busway is built just metres from his home.

David Orrell says he and his family have had to put up with vibrations shaking the house and huge clouds of dust from the construction of the public transport project.

Astley resident David Orrell has complaints about vibrations and dust caused by the constuction of the Guided Busway behind his house

Astley resident David Orrell has complaints about vibrations and dust caused by the constuction of the Guided Busway behind his house

The 49-year-old of Treen Road, Astley, says the disturbance from machines rolling flat the concrete track which the specially-adapted buses will travel along has caused radiators, floors and items fixed to the walls including a jukebox to rattle alarmingly.

He is also in dispute with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and construction contractor Balfour Beatty over landscaping and fencing to shield his house, which he says is less than 10m from the route at its nearest point.

Mr Orrell said: “When the machines are on it’s unbelievable: the radiators and floors are just vibrating like mad. It’s been going on for months and we’ve had enough.

“I’m going to speak to a structural engineer because I’ve built a brand new house here and it’s vibrating. I don’t know what’s happening to the floors and walls but already cracks have appeared.

“The dust has also been unbelievable all summer. I’ve done the windows and the fascia boards and they’re all filthy. I’ve logged down everything that has happened in case it goes to court and I want some compensation.”

Mr Orrell also wants 2m-high acoustic fencing erecting which he says has been given to residents living near other British busways, but those building the route are offering wooden fencing to residents.

The busway, which is set to open next year, has proved controversial with many residents objecting to the development since it was announced, and Mr Orrell said the misery experienced during construction has done nothing to change his mind.

He said: “It’s just absolutely ridiculous and it’s making my wife ill because she does child-minding and is in all the time. We didn’t want it going ahead.”

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