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A Pile of poles, yesterday

W e’ve had an update on the question that seems to be on everybody’s lips – just how many telegraph poles are there?.  When last we tried to answer this question we consulted that great fount of human knowledge – Yahoo Answers – which produced the number 1,265,810.

Since then we have had an email from Nala107 (I suspect that’s not his real name) off the internet who says :

Hi, BT has around 3 to 4 million poles on record and it is estimated to be the same number off record.

The number on yahoo is vastly under-estimated.

I know this as I am a BT Openreach pole tester!

Thanks Nala107 – your answer may be more accurate than the one we came up with but it’s nothing like as precise (or as wrong).