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Highbury Corner paving: more faffing around

03 August, 2018

An illustration of how the new Highbury Corner could look

• I AM in shock. The reason is that, as I was walking past Highbury Corner roundabout this morning, I saw somebody actually working there, the first time in ages.

Then I read the Tribune’s lead story: “Weeks of chaos as newly-laid pavement is ripped up” (July 27). This raises the question of the competency of the people doing the job outside Highbury and Islington station and the supervision by the contractor and our old friend Transport for London.

TfL says that the paving stones are laid on a bed of sand. As far as I know this is standard practice: a layer of sand is levelled on top of the sub-structure of the pavement and then paving stones are bedded on this.

Surely it is not rocket science to be able to properly lay a set of paving stones to a specification so that they are firm and, more importantly, level, so that people walking on them don’t trip.

If TfL and its contractors are unable to do the work correctly the first time around then the people responsible should either resign or be sacked. And then people should be employed who actually know what they are doing.

It costs less to do a job properly in the first place than to keep on faffing around, as appears to be the case here. This whole scheme has been a shambles from the word go.

Another thing, why is it seemingly impossible to have adequate ventilation on the current fleet of buses?

In days gone by, and including the old Routemasters, buses had opening windows at the front of the top deck and also on the lower deck, thus giving a through flow of air when the vehicle is moving. It also helped having an open platform at the back of the bus as well.

The current practice of having two or three windows on the side, windows that open perhaps three or four inches, is just not good enough in this hot weather.

JE KIRBY
Clissold Crescent, N16

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