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BT's Manchester Tunnel Fire Update

Posted: 30th Mar, 2004 By: MarkJ
BT has issued the media with a general statement regarding the progress they've made toward fixing the damage caused by yesterday’s fire:

BT was given clearance to access the tunnel at 21.00 on Monday night.

Teams have worked through the night getting equipment into the tunnel, and setting up power, lighting and ventilation systems.

Jointing on the first cables will begin shortly and will continue round the clock. Working conditions in the tunnel are poor, and we cannot say at this stage how long the whole process will take. As cables are brought back into service, service to customers will be gradually restored.

Separately we have set up alternative ducts between the two buildings and will be putting in fibre cable during the course of the day – once this is in place and operational (probably from tonight) this too will bring service back to customers.

We now have two banks of payphones in place (at Macclesfield and Prestbury) and we are continuing to work closely with the emergency authorities to reduce the impact on communities.
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