Thames Water fined after workers dug hole 140 metres away from actual leak

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Thames Water fined after workers dug hole 140 metres away from actual leak

Postby Community Editor » Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:37 pm

Thames Water has been ordered to pay more than £2,500 in fines and legal costs after a set of prolonged and poorly managed roadworks in Earlsfield caused transport disruption in the area.

The utility company was prosecuted by the council’s Network Management Team after a set of roadworks in Garratt Lane were mismanaged and took longer to complete than they should have.

Wimbledon Magistrates' Court heard that Thames Water dug a hole in the road surface to fix a leaking pipe before realising the leak was actually 140 metres away.

Then without applying for a licence granting them permission to open up a second works site, they erected three way temporary traffic lights on Garratt Lane and began further excavations.

The presence of the temporary traffic lights on such a busy road caused significant disruption in the area.

In court Thames Water pleaded guilty to a highways offence and were fined £1,000 plus the council’s prosecution costs and other costs of £1,555.

Wandsworth’s deputy director of environment and community services Kevin Power said: “This whole affair was badly handled by Thames Water and resulted in a lot of travel disruption for our residents and local businesses.

“By taking the matter to court we hope this will send out a message to all the utility companies that they need to plan their works properly and seek the correct approvals and permits where required.”

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