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Contractors installing Gigaclear fibreoptic cable are not burying ot deep enough.

Reported anonymously at 15:10, Thu 30 August 2018

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council and West Oxfordshire District Council 5 minutes later

The contractors installing the Gigaclear fibreoptic broadband cable have excavated the pavent through the village to "bury' the fibreoptic cable. I do not think the contractors are following the correct procedures for burying communications cables:

- The trench is way too shallow. The cable is barely covered by 2cm of tarmac. Any vehicle mountimg the pavement will damage the cable. Any subsequent digging ore resurfacing operation by any other contractor will likely sever the cable.

- The trench has not been lined with sand to protect the cable in any way. (This isamdated by the correct installation procedure).

- The plastic warning tape has been buried UNDERNEATH the cable.

I understand that these contractors are supposed to be working under Highways Authority supervision? I suggest that a site visit and inspection is necessary!

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  • Hi Tom,

    Rather than leaving traffic lights up overnight on a tight junction, the contractors cut the duct and a narrow trench for the duct to lay into. This was done so that it would be safer for the general public rather than leaving traffic lights up over night and causing congestion in rush hour through the village. The site was left safe and an alternative footpath provided. Once the works continue the cable will be removed from the trench and correct depths carried out before re laying the cable.

    Will Barton (WODC)

    Posted anonymously at 15:50, Thu 30 August 2018

  • Hi Will, Please can you confirm what the actual correct depth should be? Thanks! Tom

    Posted anonymously at 12:57, Mon 15 July 2019

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