More than once I have heard senior Bexley Council officers say that
Thames Water gives them more problems than any other utility. It won’t surprise anyone.
Last Thursday when Crossrail had their little problem with a water main and the Thames Water foreman got shirty about me taking photos he placed cones in Abbey Road which prevented access to Wilton Road from Abbey Road. (Photo 1).
I doubt he had authority to do any such thing because there is no alternative route to Wilton Road.
It was possible to go up Knee Hill, round the roundabout and back again from the South and squeeze past the cones that way so it is unlikely that traffic in Wilton Road was much reduced. The cones therefore served no purpose other than to frustrate traffic.
Within 24 hours the Abbey Wood station water main was sealed off but the cones are still in Abbey Road right now preventing access to Wilton Road. Traders there have had four years of disruption while the new station was built, they do not need any more.
Thames Water seem to make a habit of such things. When they did work outside my house at the beginning of the year they went away and left the barrier and heavy lumps of cast iron in my garden. They never returned to collect anything.