Neighbours can’t sleep while Cosham bridge work rumbles on

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WORKMEN using machinery in the early hours of the morning are waking up residents and making their lives a misery.

People living close to the work have struggled to get a decent night’s sleep since council contractors began reinforcing the sides of Northern Road Bridge, in Cosham, Portsmouth, with sheets of metal.

TIRED Richard Paddon has been kept awake by work on the Northern Road bridge. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13610-4)

TIRED Richard Paddon has been kept awake by work on the Northern Road bridge. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13610-4)

Richard Paddon, who lives in Vectis Way, Cosham, was woken up by the racket at 2am one night recently.

The 51-year-old was so angry he went over and threatened to put a halt to works.

As a way of apologising, the council paid for him and his partner Julie Mann, 48, to stay at Portsmouth Marriott Hotel for two nights.

Mr Paddon said: ‘I was asleep when all of a sudden I was woken up by this constant hammering sound.

‘I tried to get back to sleep, but after half an hour I decided to go out and investigate.

‘After realising it was coming from the bridge, I went over there in my dressing gown and demanded that I speak to the site manager.

‘They were apologetic about it but said the work had to be done.

‘Though I’m happy that the council helped me out, I’m disappointed and annoyed that I couldn’t have a decent night’s sleep in my own bed.’

‘I’m not a short-tempered person but the one thing that gets me is having my sleep disturbed.’

As previously reported, the bridge is being demolished and replaced in stages and the work is due to finish early next year. The current phase is the loudest and won’t finish for another week.

Martin Grigg, 22, who lives with his fiancee Philippa Middle, 24, in Vectis Way, said: ‘It drags it out of you when you have a full-time job and can’t sleep because you’re constantly being woken up. We knew work on the bridge was going to happen but weren’t told it was going to happen through the night.’

Philippa said: ‘I’ve noticed that I’ve been feeling a lot more tired lately because of it.’

The council says work has to happen between 2am and 4am because that’s when trains don’t run and engineers can get on the track. Alternative accommodation is only provided in exceptional circumstances.

Project manager Ashley Chaplin said: ‘Unfortunately, it’s unavoidable that work is being done at night, as this is the only time we can safely work over the railway, because no trains are running.

‘We are in the loudest phase of work but we are doing everything we can to keep noise created at night to an absolute minimum.

‘After March 11 the noisiest night work of this demolition phase will have finished. We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience this essential work has caused residents.’