Vibrations from traffic not unusual, concerned residents told

ROAD rage ... Harton Lane in South Shields.
ROAD rage ... Harton Lane in South Shields.

south Shields residents concerned about vibrations caused by traffic using the road outside their homes have been told the problem is not unusual.

When buses and heavy lorries travel along Harton Lane, people living there say they can feel the vibrations inside their houses.

They claim it is so bad that picture frames are dislodged and cracks have appeared on walls.

On the surface, the road looks to be in a reasonable condition, but residents believe the problem could lie with loose sub-soil below.

A petition signed by 23 residents was presented to South Tyneside Council’s Riverside community area forum earlier this year.

However, a report presented to members of the committee this week concludes that though the condition of the road continues to be monitored and new potholes will be made safe as they occur, the issue is nothing out of the ordinary.

It adds: “The results found are not uncommon for a road of this age and situation and will be typical of many classified roads in South Tyneside and beyond.

“A further inspection of the road surface was carried out in the vicinity of the petition, and the road surface was found to be in a fair condition free from any potholes.

“Some localised failures were identified, and they will be included in future patching works.

“Harton Lane is considered for resurfacing in phases commencing in 2015-16, if the road surface condition justifies it.”