Thames Water and gas network operator, SGN, are poised to extend their use of a street works planning system across London after their joint project in South London took the tally of avoided days of disruption to 100 according to the water company.
The companies started the collaboration in Croydon after Thames Water’s design consultant, Atkins, and its partner Fluxx, developed a forward-planning web map and Thames deployed it on its networks. The map, which reveals where upcoming works are planned on same road, is, said Thames, compatible with systems used by Transport for London and the Greater London Authority.
Thames and its partners are preparing to roll out the system to other London boroughs through the Mayor of London’s Infrastructure and Development Coordination Team. so approaches to a number of local authorities and utility companies were made.Thames has, it said, approached a number of local authorities and utility companies. Chief delivery officer at Thames Water, Steve Spencer, said: “The project we’re working on in Croydon is a great example of this joined up approach which we look forward to replicating in other areas.”
Infrastructure digital director at Atkins, Guy Ledger, said: “The best thing is, everyone wins; the utilities, Croydon Council and most of all residents, businesses and road users.”
The avoided disruption has, according to Thames, has saved local economies some £678,000.