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Thames Water fined over street works notification failure

Failing to correctly notify street works has led to Thames Water Utilities (TWU) being fined by Newbury Magistrates Court. Thames had pleaded guilty to two offences under the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991.

In one incident the traffic lights failed and were stuck on redIn one incident the traffic lights failed and were stuck on red

The company was fined £120 for each offence, and West Berkshire Council (WBC) was awarded £210 in costs. There was also a £20 victims surcharge. 

The prosecution, the first of its kind in West Berkshire, followed an investigation by the WBC's Highways and Transport Service in partnership with Trading Standards. The charges related to two offences that were committed in October 2013.

The first offence occurred on or around October 9, 2013 when Thames failed to give correct notice of emergency works that were carried out at the Ridge, Cold Ash. The company also left temporary signals on site during peak traffic periods causing considerable disruption to traffic. 

Secondly, Thames started works at Padworth Road, Burghfield and erected four-way traffic lights that subsequently failed and stuck on red. In this instance, the company failed to give the required advance notice in relation to the works.

Pamela Bale, West Berkshire's executive member for Highways, said: "The decision to prosecute was taken after previous fixed penalties had been issued to TWU Ltd for failing to comply with the notification requirement causing considerable disruption to traffic during the peak travel period. The requirement is there to ensure that council can as far as possible minimise disruption to local residents.

"This prosecution sends a clear message that the council will take legal action where companies ignore this important piece of legislation."

Author: Maureen Gaines, Editor, WET News Find on Google+
Tags: water companies , street works , Crimes & Fines , traffic

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