TfL Looking Into Holes Fine

BethPH
By BethPH Last edited 100 months ago
TfL Looking Into Holes Fine

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Fed up with the disruption caused by utility companies digging up London's streets? TfL are considering fining companies who don't complete work on time.

Boris Johnson kicked off a war on holes as part of his Way To Go! initiative earlier this year by insisting on pledges that works will be completed in a timely fashion and getting workmen to cover up holes when they knock off for the day at 3pm so the road can be used.

TfL say that 300,000 holes (yes, that does seem like an awful lot) are dug every year without proper notice and it's all as a result of the 1991 New Roads and Street Works Act which was intended to expedite cabling and gives utility companies carte blanche to dig up the roads with as little as two hours notice. What really gets our goat is when one company smooths over the last stretch of glistening fresh tarmac, only for another one to come along a week later and dig it all up again for an entirely different reason. According to the London Assembly Lib Dems website, Oxford Street alone was the unlucky recipient of 176 separate roadworks in one year which surely deserves some kind of award, even if it is for Worst Planning Ahead Leading To Most Disruption.

Councils are already imposing fines on companies who outstay their welcome: Thames Water, EDF Energy and BT have all felt the wrath of local authorities after work over-ran and National Grid Gas paid out an eye-watering £815,000 for delays. Find out more about who's digging up your roads here. Image / DICKSDAILY in the Londonist Flickr pool.

Last Updated 31 July 2009

cobo04

What is more annoying for me at least, is that I worked on a bit of software that would network all the utilities operating in any given area to co-ordinate digging of holes so that cost of digging could be shared leading to less hold needing to be dig then re-dug days later.

The package worked and was trialled in Westminster where it proved to be a success in that it saved over a million pounds in the six month trial and only needed 23 holes being dug, where as over 200 would have been dug/re-dug if the trail had not been in place.

I think an updated version is now needed it seems..