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More roadworks as ‘remedial programme of works’ takes place to get Virgin Media roll out up to scratch

NOTE: This content is old - Published: Thursday, Feb 1st, 2018.

A range of roadworks are taking place to redo some work for the Virgin Media roll out that was not completed to a satisfactory standard first time around.
We asked Wrexham Council why more roadworks were taking place for work that appeared to have already been completed. We also asked if is there anything in place to ensure things are done properly this time around.

In June last year we spotted this FOI that included a note from then councillor Bob Dutton in response to a scathing account of the street works.

At the time we were told an “improvement Action Plan” was being developed by Virgin Media and their nominated sub-contractors, and was in the process of being implemented and monitored for compliance.

We also enquired this week to discover how that Action Plan progressed, also asking if any information been passed on from Virgin Media to the people of Wrexham for further inconvenience caused.

Wrexham Council told us: “Virgin Media are moving towards completion of the first phase of the build programme to install super-fast broadband to properties in the Wrexham area.”

“As part of the inspection and monitoring of works undertaken to date, a number of defective works have been identified and action is being taken by Virgin Media to rectify these issues.”

David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “Although the Council welcomes the private investment being made by Virgin Media to bring super-fast broadband Wrexham, this will not be to the long term detriment of our public highway network.”

“Virgin Media as a statutory utility company are duty bound to respond to and rectify any defective works that do not meet nationally agreed standards for the reinstatement of works in the public highway.

Indicating an incentive to get things perfect this time, he added: “A remedial programme of works is being implemented by Virgin Media’s contractor’s and this must be completed prior to the further expansion of the network across Wrexham.”



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