Our lane rental scheme has dramatically reduced roadwork disruption since its introduction in 2012, we want to ensure roadwork disruption continues to fall and we will prosecute persistent offenders.
It is the latest in a series of successful prosecutions by TfL as it works to reduce unnecessary roadworks to improve traffic flow and conditions for all London's road users.
On 28 October 2013 Westminster Magistrate's Court fined Thames Water £13,600 following a guilty plea to nine offences across the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN).
Thames Water's contractor, Options, committed the offences early this year in four locations:
The prosecution of Thames Water is one of a number of ways TfL is improving conditions for road users.
London's Lane Rental Scheme, launched by the Mayor of London and TfL on 11 June 2012, is designed to encourage utility companies to avoid digging up the busiest roads at peak traffic times.
Following the introduction of the scheme, more than 88 per cent of utility roadworks at traffic hotspots are now taking place outside of peak traffic hours, compared to around 30 per cent before the scheme was introduced.
For TfL's own roadworks, this figure is now 99 per cent.
Garrett Emmerson, Chief Operating Officer for Surface Transport at TfL, said: 'We are pleased that the court has recognised just how serious it is when utility companies cause unnecessary delays to road users.
'Our lane rental scheme has dramatically reduced roadwork disruption since its introduction in 2012, we want to ensure roadwork disruption continues to fall and we will prosecute persistent offenders.'
In addition to the large fine, the court ordered Thames Water to pay TfL's costs and a victim surcharge.
This is TfL's tenth successful prosecution of the year.