Broken manhole covers on a busy stretch of road are causing misery for a number of sleep-deprived residents.
The metal plates covering drains along the North Circular Road in Neasden are being dislodged by speeding motorists and making earwrenching noises every time a car or lorry drives over them.
Disgruntled locals who live next to the stretch of carriageway have made a number of complaints to Transport for London but claim a series of botched repairs means the problem is not being solved.
Painter and decorator Muhamed Derbal, 43, has contacted TfL on numerous occasions.
He said: "The manhole covers are becoming dislodged because of the sheer amount of traffic and then make a terrible noise when cars go over them. It is causing me a lot of stress and I am woken up during the early hours most nights; it sounds like a freight train."
The tired resident says heavy vehicles going over the manholes send vibrations through his terraced property, which has left plaster hanging from his kitchen walls.
He said: "I am hardly getting any sleep because of noise and the reverberations are causing cracks all over my house.
"My elderly mum can only stay here for short periods of time when she comes to visit, because she sleeps downstairs and the thundering noise from the manholes is just too much."
Mr Derbal claims around four broken covers have been causing the racket directly outside his house for the past 15 years, but claims there are more than 20 offending manholes along a short stretch.
He added: "TfL can only come and make the repairs during the night but a couple of days later the covers just break down again."
A spokeswoman for Transport for London said it intended to make permanent repairs to the faulty manhole covers on August 20, but adverse weather conditions had meant that up until now, workmen had only been able to take temporary measures.