Utility companies ordered to return and fix their repair jobs
Utility companies and others who have dug up the borough’s roads
are being ordered to return after checks by the Council found more
than a third of road reinstatements were not up to standard.
Bedford Borough Council has surveyed 81 locations in the borough
where the road has been dug up to allow for water, electric, gas or
communications works to take place. Of these, 31 failed the
Council’s stringent tests.
Bedford Borough Council spends more than £5million every year to
maintain and improve roads in the borough and expects companies who
dig up our roads to ensure that when they are finished their work
meets the required quality standards.
When reinstatements are found to have failed, the Council has the
power to require utility companies to repair the highways to
acceptable standards as a matter of urgency. The work is then
guaranteed for two years.
The majority of the failures were due to the replacement tarmac
being laid too thinly. This means the repairs will not last long
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Everyone understands
that utility companies need to access pipes and cables under the
However, what road users rightly will not accept is poor quality
reinstatement work which undermines our major investment in
maintaining and resurfacing our roads and causes further
“We make no apology for taking a strict line on ensuring
acceptable standards for local road users, and will continue to
monitor these works closely on their behalf.”