Fleet News

Thames Water fined £100,000 by TfL

Thames Water fined £100,000 by TfL

Transport for London (TfL) has successfully prosecuted Thames Water for four safety streetworks related offences.

The works took place on the Purley Way, Eltham Road and West Hill in October and November 2019, with prosecution delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

In October 2019 on West Hill, Thames Water failed to adequately sign, light and guard its work site, or provide people walking and cycling with adequate alternative routes to pass the site. 

Thames Water then repeatedly failed to adequately rectify the problem when notified by TfL, resulting in the site’s safety deteriorating further, causing additional danger to members of the public.

Similar problems were found at Eltham Road, also in October 2019, with further danger caused by a vehicle being parked across the footway. This forced people to walk further into the road, said TfL, requiring traffic to move into adjacent lanes of oncoming traffic, which could have caused a head-on collision.

Glynn Barton, TfL's director of network management, said: “We work hard to keep London moving and, as part of that, we need the cooperation of utility companies.

“Ensuring roadworks are safe is vital to keeping people walking, cycling and using the road network safe, which is why we prosecuted Thames Water for breaching these important safety rules.

“We are working with Thames Water and other utility companies to ensure that roadworks are carried out properly, safely and with minimal disruption to road users and the company makes significant improvements.”

TfL must be notified of works being carried out on its road network, which includes London's busiest 'red route' roads, so that disruption can be minimised and safety maintained. 

Thames Water failed to provide details of the exact location, dimensions and other engineering information used in the work on the Purley Way, breaching Street Works Regulations and causing a significant impact on the road network.

Failure to inform TfL when work is completed causes issues as TfL is unable to accurately coordinate the road network, which can lead to increased levels of disruption. If full details are not registered, this can cause problems with inspecting the affected area for safety and engineering defects, it said.

Click here for safety and risk management best practice and procurement insight

Leave a comment for your chance to win £20 of John Lewis vouchers.

Every issue of Fleet News the editor picks his favourite comment from the past two weeks – get involved for your chance to appear in print and win!

Login to comment

Comments

No comments have been made yet.

Related content

Compare costs of your company cars

Looking to acquire new vehicles? Check how much they'll cost to run with our Car Running Cost calculator.

What is your BIK car tax liability?

The Fleet News car tax calculator lets you work out tax costs for both employer and employee