Skidding car cuts off telephone lines
RESIDENTS in Hothfield were left without landline phones over the Christmas period after a car skidded into a telephone pole.
Landlines at seven homes had still not been connected on Tuesday leaving many unable to make calls to their relatives over the festive holiday. A car slewed into the Ram Lane telephone pole after skidding on an icy road on December 23.
Ram Lane resident Chris Paine said BT explained that contractors who fix telegraph poles would not be able to put in a new one until after the festive break.
On Tuesday work had begun and it was hoped residents would be reconnected yesterday (Wednesday).
The father-of-two said: “There are a lot of elderly people around here and they have been completely cut off over Christmas and I just don’t think it’s on having people not come out to fix it. Many of them don’t have mobile phones and we’ve had to keep going out to top up to get in touch.
“There hasn’t been any communication from them and we have no idea when the lines are going to be working again.”
BT spokesman Paul Hayward said: “Engineers attended the site to make the area safe after the incident. We have seven lines which are faulty due to this incident and we have not been able to provide temporary service while waiting for the full repair.
“We do have staff working over this period, but clearly fewer are available, and we are doing all we can to get this work completed and all restored by the end of this week.”
The pole in Ram Lane is finally replaced