Council will fine utility firms if they fail to fix roads and pavements on time
Utility companies taking months to repair their own roadworks in Hull could soon face fines for not completing the job on time. Ageing underground pipework across the city has become an increasing headache for motorists and businesses in recent months. A series of burst water mains and fractured gas pipes have caused massive disruption on busy routes. One burst water main which flooded part of the city centre just before Christmas turned out to be 95 years old. In Bankside, repairs to another recent old fractured gas main had to be put on hold for some parts to be specially made because replacements were no longer routinely manufactured. Deputy council leader Councillor Daren Hale said the situation was made worse by the fact that Yorkshire Water currently doesn’t have a planned replacement programme for its network of mains and pipes. Yorkshire Water contractors tackling a burst water main in Holderness Road (Image: HullLive) Speaking at a scrutiny meeting, he said: “It’s a strategic issue for Yorkshire Water because, at the moment, they only carry out a replacement when something goes wrong and springs a leak. “As I understand it, they did ask the government as part of their business plan review to be able to start a proactive replacement scheme but the cost of that would have had to be passed onto customers through their water bills and it was rejected.