NORTH LONDON residents complained this week that Channel Tunnel Rail Link engineers had failed to explain the full scope of works that would affect their local environment.
They claimed promises not to dig up busy Caledonian Road, near Kings Cross, have been ignored, as the road has been narrowed to a single lane to allow engineers to stabilise sewers and cast iron water mains.
This work is being carried out ahead of bored tunnel construction under the road. But the road is now expected to be subject to single lane working for up to 15 months.
'Single lane working in Caledonian Road during recent roadworks saw turnover for small traders drop by up to 40%, ' said resident Diana Shelley, part of the local campaign committee Kings Cross Railway Lands Group (KXRLG).
'Originally we campaigned to Parliament against a cut and cover tunnel through this road because of the single lane working it would create for over two years, ' she added.
Although residents won the battle for a bored tunnel, they had not realised the road would still have to be dug up to stabilise the sewer and water mains which run close to the bore alignment (Channel Tunnel Rail Link supplement 28 June) The new works will cause as much damage to local trade as the original plan, added Shelley.
'They knew about the cast iron pipes before and so did we, so why weren't we warned this would happen?' said KXRLG chairman Phil Jeffries.
A spokesman for Union Railways said, 'At no stage have we given an undertaking that we would not require single alternate working at Caledonian Road.'