2015 News

May the fat be with your rubbish – not down your drain


Lanes Group drainage engineers working for Thames Water have been battling in their very own ‘Fat Wars’ in the run up to Christmas. A crack team of ‘Draintroopers’ have blasted a 20-metre-long fatberg in a sewer in Holborn, central London, weighing over five tonnes. Using jets of water at 3,000 per square inch they pulverised…

Fatberg at Leather Lane

Daffy ducks see light of day in drain rescue drama


Drainage engineers from Lanes Group have helped a farmer and his family rescue a flock of daffy ducks after they disappeared down a drain. Hywel Williams and his wife, Jackie, bought the four ducks as family pets, and to supply the odd egg for the table. But as soon as they got the birds back…


Lanes Group takes road safety lead with vehicle camera system


Lanes Group has invested £200,000 installing one of the UK’s most advanced camera systems on lorries to help drivers set the highest possible road safety standards – especially for protecting cyclists and pedestrians. The cameras have been fitted to 100 HGVs operated by the company’s Utilities Division working on the wastewater network services maintenance contract…

Camera on Lanes for drains HGV Vehicle

School and community gets emergency heart protection from Lanes


Lanes Group has presented a heart defibrillator to a West Yorkshire school which was chosen to receive the life-saving device by the company’s staff. The national drainage and maintenance specialist, which has its headquarters in Leeds, has donated the equipment to Pudsey Primrose Hill Primary School. Five members of staff and 30 pupils at the…

Defibrillator School Donation

Cumbria and Lancashire floods – Lanes helps businesses recover


Drainage engineers at Lanes Group are preparing to respond to calls for assistance as businesses, homeowners and public agencies begin to clear up after the major floods. There are continuing flood and weather warnings in some areas, but most people hit by the devastating floods are now entering the clean-up and long-term recovery phase of…

Cumbria and Lancashire Floods

The Drain Offenders


We’ve all been there. It’s Saturday morning and you’ve just devoured a bacon sandwich. You brush the crumbs from your pyjamas and slink over to the hob – it is here that you realise you have a choice to make. Should you:  A) soak up the fat with some kitchen roll and risk getting your…

Fat and oil buildup in drains.

Lanes Group completes Crossrail drainage replacement project


Lanes Group Rail Division has completed a project to replace track drainage on the western section of Crossrail. The work involved removal of 200 metres of track drainage and replacing it with new pipework as part of work to upgrade lines incorporated in the Crossrail programme. The Lanes Rail team completed the track drainage renewal,…

Lanes for drains Crossrail

Lanes Group completes rehabilitation of distillery pipelines


Lanes Group has completed a major project to repair and reline pipelines supporting a new biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant and whisky production at four Scottish Speyside distilleries. The work was carried out by the company’s Reline Division during the two-week annual shut-down at the CHP plant and distilleries in Rothes, Moray. Jon…

CCTV of Sewer relining