Skid­ding car cuts off tele­phone lines

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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

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