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Buried, 2" thick cement asbestos cable

I have a neighbour who's planted large quick growing deep rooted shrubs over and along a 50m length of an old 2" thick 'Cement Asbestos Cable' buried 14" underground. Is this dangerous? 

(Needles to say this is a land grab by the neighbour who is unaware of this 'Cement Asbestos Cable' because it's not registered on his land) 

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Re: Buried, 2" thick cement asbestos cable

@Stanley8 

This would have nothing to do with BT or Openreach, as its used by power utilities to encase their cables.

https://asbestosawareness.com.au/asbestos-products-database/?product_id=50&exportpdf=1&.pdf

Asbestos Cement conduits were mainly used to convey HV and LV cables into and out of substations, buried under road crossings, containing cables inside or being empty, used as spares alongside roads or buried in the footpath.

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Re: Buried, 2" thick cement asbestos cable

Worked in Telecoms all my life, never once came across a Cement Asbestos Cable?!?!

I’m not even sure that would work.

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Re: Buried, 2" thick cement asbestos cable

It will be copper power cable buried in cement/asbestos ducting. Probably not a good idea to dig into it.

If you have ever worked inside substations (Hot-Sites), then its likely you would have seen it on some of the older sites. Its not likely to be used any more.

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Re: Buried, 2" thick cement asbestos cable

Yes sorry it’s a Cement Asbestos duct put in by British telecom in 1973

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Re: Buried, 2" thick cement asbestos cable

Many thanks for your reply

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Re: Buried, 2" thick cement asbestos cable

Yes sorry it’s a Cement Asbestos duct put in by British telecom in 1973

I suppose it may have been in use in certain areas, but I never came across it while I was working. It may be worth asking Openreach about it?

https://www.openreach.com/about/our-company/health-and-safety