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BT fined by TfL after carrying out 'dangerous and disruptive' roadworks

Date: 30 June 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Transport for London has fined BT more than £8000 after the telecoms company carried out "dangerous and disruptive" roadworks in the capital earlier this year.

"There were clear safety failings in the works executed in Brixton Road and I am not impressed. I can see from the photographs taken that pedestrians were forced into the carriageway and workmen just stood by and watched," said Judge Zani at Westminster Magistrates' Court. "I understand steps are now being taken to put things right but I have to say I don't think looking at these photographs, that even the most basic steps were taken to put proper measures in place to protect the public."

This is not the first time that BT has been fined by TfL. Since 2010, the telecoms giant has been prosecuted 37 times and has been fined £32,000 in the last six years for poorly managed roadworks.

The next worst offender is Thames Water which has been fined 13 times since 2010.

"BT has become London's worst roadworks offender, repeatedly disrupting Londoners with poorly planned, badly managed and sometimes dangerous roadworks," said Garrett Emmerson, TfL's chief operating officer for surface transport. "We will continue to push for the toughest penalties possible for utility companies caught acting unlawfully and are pleased that BT themselves have recognised the need to improve."