Cable phone and TV company Virgin Media has again been prosecuted for carrying out unsafe roadworks in the capital.
Last month the firm was fined more than £8,000 after roadworks in Sutton endangered road users.
That prosecution by Transport for London followed an earlier case brought by Richmond Council which saw Virgin Media fined £14,300 “for endangering the lives of residents and motorists”.
The latest case relates to roadworks on Chertsey Road in Richmond which were carried out in February 2014.
Offences included carrying out unsafe working practices and breaching permit conditions by excavating the entire width of the Road.
In passing sentence the judge said she was “…horrified by the sloppiness of the works, and the danger and severe disruption that they caused’.
Virgin Media and contractor McNicholas were fined £6,500 following a guilty plea and were also ordered to pay TfL’s legal costs, bringing the total penalty to £11,705.
Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said: “In a frustrating case of déjà vu, this is the second successful prosecution of Virgin Media in as many months.
“Utility companies must ensure that any disruption caused by roadworks is minimised and the most stringent safety is upheld. As we have demonstrated time and time again, we will prosecute those who flout this.”