Woking gas repairs 'caused £40,000 of damage'

Southern Gas Networks caused £40,000 of damage to a road in Woking, according to Surrey County Council.

The company dug trenches along Boundary Road to lay gas mains, but "failed to properly repair the damage".

The council said: "Long sections of trench were left without support, causing cracks and depressions on the surface that could lead to potholes."

When the council inspected the site it found the pavement had also been damaged.

The council contacted Southern Gas Networks and negotiated a deal for the utility company to redo the resurfacing work and carry out pavement repairs along Boundary Road after it "botched the work first time around".

Earlier this year the council tested 1,200 samples of road repairs carried out by a number of utility companies in the 2010-11 financial year. It said about half of these were not done properly.

Problems included the wrong repair material being used and holes not being compacted properly.

A Southern Gas Networks spokesperson said: "We are working very closely with Surrey County Council to ensure our reinstatement work meets the high standard required by Surrey County Council and the high standard we expect of ourselves."

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