Network companies respond to LGA comments on streetworks

For immediate release – Friday 3 May 2013

Responding to the coverage of the LGA's comments on the quality of utilities' streetworks, voice of the networks Energy Networks Association, Chief Executive David Smith, said: 

"Utilities only dig up the road for the essential reason of ensuring the safety, quality and reliability of supplies for these vital services. They are devising new and innovative ways of carrying out these works including trenchless technology and techniques to allow continued use of the highway. At least half of all streetworks are actually carried out by local authorities and their contractors who themselves are not subject to the same rigorous regulation as utilities.

"Energy companies are working with local authorities and other utilities to coordinate their works and are supporting research to develop new, more resilient resurfacing materials. The public appreciate why this work is necessary but a paramount concern for them is having advance notice of works to plan their journey and being kept aware of progress. That is why companies are using display boards and other media to keep people informed."

ENDS

Notes to editors

ENA is the voice of the networks representing the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.

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