Burst water mains

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-03-20
Session date: 
March 20, 2013
Reference: 
2013/0936
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What action have you taken to ensure water companies take full account of the costs to Londoners of burst water mains following a major burst on 02 March 2013 that caused significant damage to Regent Street, closed 15 stores and caused hundreds of buses to be diverted?

Answer

Answer for Burst water mains

Answer for Burst water mains

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Emergency repairs such as burst water mains are inevitably disruptive. With much of our water supply infrastructure over 100 years old and parts of it over 150 years old, bursts are inevitable and I have been pressing to get the rate of renewal speeded up.

Thankfully the burst main on Regent Street has been repaired. The introduction of the London Permit Scheme for roadworks has been a great success and has resulted in significant reductions in roadworks and hence delays on our road network, a report on the first year's performance can be found at: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/reportastreetfault/934.aspx.