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When streets attack: beware of London's exploding pavements

Isabelle Aron

Is nowhere safe in London anymore? First the buses are out to get us and now the pavements are at it too. Figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that there have been 80 incidents of exploding pavements since 2010 and half of those were just in 2014. We'll put up with extortionate rent and sweaty tube carriages but we're drawing the line at exploding pavements.

So why are London's streets on the attack? The explosions are usually caused by gas leaks or electrical faults, but UK Power Networks has promised to invest £1.5 billion into London's streets over the next seven years in an attempt to put a stop to this madness. In the meantime, keep one eye on those pesky pavements. And watch out for dangerous buses too. In fact, just don't bother leaving your overpriced flat.

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