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Loose & noisy manhole cover

Reported in the Manhole Cover - Damaged (rocking or noisy) category anonymously at 10:22, Mon 30 December 2019

Sent to TfL 4 minutes later. TfL ref: FMS1909884.

The manhole cover on Whitechapel Road, westbound, near the junction with Cavell Street, is loose and emits a loud bang every time a vehicle passes over it.

It's been like this for about a couple of months.

I reported the same issue back in August (ref 13784573), and at the time you made repairs really quickly - thank you! However, I think the repairs simply covered the manhole cover with tarmac. Since the cover underneath was still loose, that tarmac got shaken off soon and thus the problem re-occured. I wonder what a more permanent fix entails. Welding the cover shut before covering it with tarmac, perhaps?

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  • Thank you for your report. This will now be investigated by our team and we will update on progress within 10 days. If the issue you have reported is an emergency we will aim to update you on progress within 24 hours.

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by TfL at 11:06, Tue 31 December 2019

  • Your report has been investigated and we have reported this to our contractors. If this identified as a safety issue it will be made safe within two hours. If owned by us we will carry out a permanent repair. If owned by others this will be passed to them for a permanent repair. Thank you for taking the time to report this to us. Should you need anything else please contact customer services on 0343 222 1234

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by TfL at 11:32, Tue 31 December 2019

  • The problem is still there.

    Note that, in addition to emitting a bang, the manhole cover moves a considerable amount whenever a car passes over it. It does look rather unsafe.

    Posted anonymously at 09:00, Tue 14 January 2020

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