Home: August - September 2010 › Hitting cable thieves where it hurts
Hitting cable thieves where it hurts
01/09/2010 | Channel:
Network Rail has replaced parts of the overhead line system in the Sunderland area which were being stolen by cable thieves.
The new cables – which are fully safety tested – are not made of copper and so are worth considerably less as scrap than the old ones.
Nexus has recently used Smart Water to protect the cables on the Tyne and Wear Metro infrastructure it owns and manages on Tyneside. It is hoped that the two measures together will deter thieves from attacking the systems.
Since April 2009 thieves have targeted the overhead systems on the Network Rail section of the metro line 35 times. That caused 2250 minutes delay with compensation costs to train operators costing £33,000. Staff costs and the cost of replacement cable are estimated to have cost around the same amount again.