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Metrolinx contractor apologizes for early morning Eglinton LRT work without permit

Last Updated Apr 5, 2017 at 5:45 pm EDT

For the second time in a year contractors hired by Metrolinx for Eglinton LRT construction have performed overnight work without acquiring the proper permits, angering sleep-deprived residents and their councillor, Josh Matlow.

The latest round of construction racket occurred on Thursday, March 31, when Crosslinx delivered large pieces of equipment to the Mount Pleasant and Eglinton area.

The work was conducted between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m., prompting several complaints.

On Tuesday, Matlow posted an apology letter from Crosslinx on his official Twitter account.

In it, the company admits it didn’t obtain a permit for overnight work, and didn’t notify the community ahead of time.

“This is not acceptable and does not represent the level of professionalism and diligence expected of Crosslinx,” the company wrote.”I sincerely apologize for the disturbance to the community … ”

Matlow told CityNews the community largely supports the project but wants to be “respected.” He also feels government agencies should be held to the highest standards.

Crosslinx has been tasked with constructing the transit stations across Eglinton. It will also be responsible for installing the track and communication systems and maintaining the line for 30 years.

The apology comes almost a year after all-night drilling by subcontractors prompted a flood of complaints from residents.

In that situation, residents did receive notice warning of overnight noise from geo-technical testing and the use of heavy machinery. But a City of Toronto document revealed that the work was only permitted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

At the time, Matlow said residents were “justifiable upset” and added that “trust has been broken.”

Metrolinx chalked it up to a mix-up and said it was under the impression that the city had issued overnight permits for the work.