Belfast Telegraph

Vodafone fined for latest roadworks mismanagement

Mobile phone giant Vodafone has been prosecuted for mismanaging roadworks for a second time in four months, Transport for London (TfL) said.

Engineers carried out work without a permit on Borough High Street, Southwark, south London, and failed to serve the required notice at three other locations in the capital.

The company admitted the offences and was fined £3,500 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £3,020 at Westminster Magistrates' Court on September 28, according to TfL.

The work was carried out in February and March.

TfL's chief operating officer for surface transport, Garrett Emmerson, said: "These offences prevent us from co-ordinating streetworks effectively and we will continue to push for the toughest penalties possible against telecommunications and other companies caught acting unlawfully.

"We are committed to keeping London's roads as clear as possible to prevent unnecessary disruption to journeys and to help us tackle poor air quality."

A Vodafone spokesman said: " We apologise for anyone inconvenienced by this issue, which was caused by one of our contractors carrying out work without providing the requisite notifications to TfL.

"We have made it clear to all of our contractors that this type of behaviour is not acceptable and have seen a significant drop in this type of issue as a result of the new processes we have put in place."

I n June, Vodafone was prosecuted for failing to serve the required notice for work in Tooting Bec, south London, in January.

The company has been ordered to pay a total of £12,706 in fines for mismanaging roadworks since 2015, TfL said.