At court, BT Group PLC pleaded guilty and was fined for two failures to comply with directions from the County Council about what times of day to use temporary traffic lights while installation works were being carried out in Twyford and the timing of street works in Bishopstoke Road, Eastleigh.
The County Council cannot refuse works, but does have legal powers to request specific timing to reduce traffic congestion.
Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council said: “We work very hard with utility companies and works contractors to co-ordinate works so that essential service supplies are provided and the roads are maintained, while at the same time making sure everyone else can go about their day to day business.
“It’s a difficult balancing act. We know how frustrating it can be to face delays on the roads, and we also know how important it is to have reliable water, telephone, energy and broadband. However, we do have a duty to minimise disruption for residents and drivers, and I very much hope contractors recognise that when they repeatedly fail to stick to agreements and unnecessarily disrupt the public, we will take action.”
Southampton Magistrates Court found BT Group PLC guilty of failure to comply with the County Council’s direction to use traffic lights during off peak times only for works carried in Twyford in December 2016, and a direction to only carry out works at night time in Bishopstoke Road, Eastleigh in February this year. These failures to comply resulted in unnecessary disruption to the travelling public.