Four Million Holes In Britain's Roads

A 1991 law makes it easy for utilities to dig up roads causing traffic congestion. Britain lags behind other countries in the use of modern techniques for roadwork that minimize disruption.
October 25, 2002, 2pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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The root of the problem is the 1991 New Roads and Street Works Act. This liberalising measure has turned out to be an absurdly generous dowry for the newly privatised utilities, and for new cable television and telephone companies...Most of Britain's international competitors make more use of trenchless and other advanced robotic techniques to avoid digging up busy roads

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Published on Monday, October 10, 2005 in The Economist
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