Cheshire East Highways successfully prosecute BT for road works safety breach

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Cheshire East Highways has successfully prosecuted BT for endangering members of the public following works on the highway in Nantwich in June 2015.

Our Cheshire East Highways Permit Team worked closely with Cheshire East Council’s Legal Team to present a robust case after a contractor working on behalf of BT had their site closed by our Highway Inspector due to disregard to the safety of road users.

The breach was taken to Crewe Magistrates court on December 7 and BT pleaded guilty against four offences in breach of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, which places a duty on utility companies to carry out highway works safely. BT were fined £4,000 and ordered to pay all court costs. 

Cheshire East Highways’ permit scheme was implemented in November 2014 and aims to promote better planning, coordination, monitoring and enforcement of road works.

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