Highways contractor Ringway fined £671,546 for failing to do its job on Hertfordshire’s roads

A pothole on Sish Lane in Stevenage, where motorists have made constant complaints about the quality

A pothole on Sish Lane in Stevenage, where motorists have made constant complaints about the quality of repair work. - Credit: Archant

A council contractor responsible for highways maintenance has been fined £671,546 over a two-year period for failing to do the work they were paid for.

A council contractor responsible for highways maintenance has been fined £671,546 over a two-year period for failing to do the work it was paid for.

Herts County Council’s main highways contractor Ringway was fined £421,321 in 2013/14 and £250,225 in 2014/15, according to figures released by County Hall’s Liberal Democrat leader Councillor Stephen Giles-Medhurst.

The fines relate to failure to meet target time frames when responding to emergencies or reported road defects, and working without a permit or in breach of permit conditions.

This year has seen a surge in people complaining to the Comet about the poor state of roads in the area, with potholes, uneven pavements and poor road resurfacing at the top of their lists.


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Some of these gripes, relating to road resurfacing, were as a result of ongoing technical difficulties experienced by another contractor, Colas.

One Stevenage taxi driver said: “I’ve made the effort to report the state of the roads. Why do I bother? Roads get ignored. Why pay road tax when the roads are waiting to cause an accident?”

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Councillor Giles-Medhurst said: “It’s so disappointing these fines have to be imposed. I understand there are still likely to be fines this year, so Ringway has not totally put its house in order.

“All I and residents want is a decent service that delivers first time. We still do not have that.”

Ringway declined to comment but County Hall’s cabinet member for highways Councillor Terry Douris said: “Where our contractors fall short of our high expectations we make sure they are held to account.”

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