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LONDON EXPLODING PAVEMENTS ON THE RISE

Eighty fires in last five years with forty incidents in 2014

It has been reported by the Guardian that statistics for exploding pavements in London show 80 recorded incidents in the capital over the last five years whilst statistics from HSE reveal 40 cases of pavements blowing up or catching fire in 2014.

The findings were published following a freedom of information by a London Assembly Member concerning incidents involving link boxes or cable pits, which required assistance from the fire service.

UK Power Networks told the BBC:

“This is a global issue, and UK Power Networks is recognised as one of the industry leaders in tackling it.

We have over 100,000 cable pits and junction boxes and 36,000km of cable across the capital, delivering the most reliable power supply in the UK. Although such incidents are extremely rare, we do everything in our power to mitigate the risk”.

Exploding pavements are generally caused by electrical faults with underground electrical equipment, often as a result of poor maintenance.

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