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4(1)Where a highway is stopped up under paragraph 1 or 2 of Schedule 3 to this Act, [F1any operator of an electronic communications code network] whose [F2electronic communications apparatus] is under, over, in, on, along or across that highway may exercise the same rights of access in order to inspect, maintain, adjust, repair or alter that apparatus as if this Act had not been passed, but nothing in this sub-paragraph shall affect any right of the nominated undertaker or [F3the operator] to require removal of that apparatus under this Part of this Schedule or the power of the nominated undertaker to alter apparatus in accordance with [F4Part 10] of the [F5electronic communications code].U.K.

(2)The nominated undertaker shall give not less than 28 days’ notice in writing of its intention to stop up any highway under paragraph 1 or 2 of Schedule 3 to this Act to [F1any operator of an electronic communications code network] whose apparatus is under, over, in, on, along or across the highway.

(3)Where a notice under sub-paragraph (2) above has been given, [F3the operator], if it reasonably considers that it is necessary for the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of the apparatus, may, and if reasonably requested so to do by the nominated undertaker in the notice, shall, as soon as reasonably practicable after the service of the notice—

(a)remove the apparatus and place it or other apparatus provided in substitution for it in such other position as [F3the operator] may reasonably determine and have power to place it, or

(b)provide other apparatus in substitution for the existing apparatus and place it in such other position as aforesaid.

(4)Subject to the following provisions of this paragraph the nominated undertaker shall pay to [F1any operator of an electronic communications code network] an amount equal to the cost reasonably incurred by [F3the operator] in or in connection with—

(a)the execution of relocation works required in consequence of the stopping up of the highway, and

(b)the doing of any other work or thing rendered necessary by the execution of relocation works.

(5)If in the course of the execution of relocation works under sub-paragraph (3) above—

(a)apparatus of better type, greater capacity or greater dimensions is placed in substitution for existing apparatus of worse type, smaller capacity or smaller dimensions, except where this has been solely due to using the nearest currently available type, capacity or dimension, or

(b)apparatus (whether existing apparatus or apparatus substituted for existing apparatus) is placed at a depth greater than the depth at which existing apparatus was,

and the placing of apparatus of that type or capacity or of those dimensions or the placing of apparatus at that depth, as the case may be, is not agreed by the nominated undertaker, or, in default of agreement, is not determined by arbitration to be necessary in consequence of the construction of the authorised works in order to ensure the continued efficient operation of the [F6electronic communications code network] of [F3the operator] then, if it involves cost in the execution of the relocation works exceeding that which would have been involved if the apparatus placed had been of the existing type, capacity or dimensions, or at the existing depth, as the case may be, the amount which apart from this paragraph would be payable to [F3the operator] by virtue of sub-paragraph (4) above shall be reduced by the amount of that excess.

(6)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (5) above—

(a)an extension of apparatus to a length greater than the length of existing apparatus shall not be treated as a placing of apparatus of greater dimensions than those of the existing apparatus except in a case where the apparatus as so extended provides more than an equivalent service, and

(b)where the provision of a joint in a cable is agreed, or is determined to be necessary, the consequential provision of a jointing chamber or of a manhole (in either case of such type, capacity and dimensions as shall reasonably be appropriate) shall be treated as if it also had been agreed or had been so determined.

(7)The amount which apart from this sub-paragraph would be payable to [F7an operator] in respect of works by virtue of sub-paragraph (4) above (and having regard, where relevant, to sub-paragraph (5) above) shall, if the works include the placing of apparatus provided in substitution for apparatus placed more than 7½ years earlier so as to confer on the telecom- munications operator any financial benefit by deferment of the time for renewal of the apparatus in the ordinary course, be reduced by the amount which represents that benefit.

(8)Sub-paragraphs (4) to (7) above shall not apply where the authorised works constitute major transport works or major highway works for the purpose of Part III of the M1New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (including that provision as applied by paragraph 8 of Schedule 3 to this Act), but instead—

(a)the allowable costs of any relocation works shall be determined in accordance with section 85 of that Act (sharing of costs of necessary measures) and any regulations for the time being having effect under that section, and

(b)the allowable costs shall be borne by the nominated undertaker and [F3the operator] in such proportions as may be prescribed by any such regulations.

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F1Words in Sch. 15 paras. 2-4 substituted (25.7.2003 for specified purposes, 29.12.2003 in so far as not already in force) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), s. 411(2), Sch. 17 para. 139(3)(d) (with Sch. 18); S.I. 2003/1900, arts. 1(2), 2(1), Sch. 1 (with art. 3) (as amended by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))

F2Words in Sch. 15 paras. 2-4 substituted (25.7.2003 for specified purposes, 29.12.2003 in so far as not already in force) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), s. 411(2), Sch. 17 para. 139(3)(b) (with Sch. 18); S.I. 2003/1900, arts. 1(2), 2(1), Sch. 1 (with art. 3) (as amended by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))

F3Words in Sch. 15 paras. 2-4 substituted (25.7.2003 for specified purposes, 29.12.2003 in so far as not already in force) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), s. 411(2), Sch. 17 para. 139(3)(e) (with Sch. 18); S.I. 2003/1900, arts. 1(2), 2(1), Sch. 1 (with art. 3) (as amended by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))

F4Words in Sch. 15 Pt. IV para. 4(1) substituted (28.12.2017) by Digital Economy Act 2017 (c. 30), s. 118(6), Sch. 3 para. 38(6); S.I. 2017/1286, reg. 2(d)

F5Words in Sch. 15 paras. 2-4 substituted (25.7.2003 for specified purposes, 29.12.2003 in so far as not already in force) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), s. 411(2), Sch. 17 para. 139(3)(a) (with Sch. 18); S.I. 2003/1900, arts. 1(2), 2(1), Sch. 1 (with art. 3) (as amended by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))

F6Words in Sch. 15 paras. 2-4 substituted (25.7.2003 for specified purposes, 29.12.2003 in so far as not already in force) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), s. 411(2), Sch. 17 para. 139(3)(f) (with Sch. 18); S.I. 2003/1900, arts. 1(2), 2(1), Sch. 1 (with art. 3) (as amended by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))

F7Words in Sch. 15 paras. 2-4 substituted (25.7.2003 for specified purposes, 29.12.2003 in so far as not already in force) by Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), s. 411(2), Sch. 17 para. 139(3)(c) (with Sch. 18); S.I. 2003/1900, arts. 1(2), 2(1), Sch. 1 (with art. 3) (as amended by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 1(3))

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