Drainage and wastewater specialist marks 30 years of growth

Wayne Earnshaw

LANES Group chief executive Wayne Earnshaw has marked the 30th anniversary of the company his father founded by making the first cut in a cake shaped like a jet vac tanker at the company’s Greater Manchester HQ.

The drainage and wastewater specialist operates hundreds of the vehicles that can clean sewers and suck up waste for safe disposal. So it was apt that the cake baked to mark the milestone looked like a mini version of the pink and white tanker lorries that have become a common sight on roads across the UK.

The cake was made by baker Molly Robbins, former star of Channel 4’s Extreme Cake Makers.

Wayne Earnshaw said, “We’re proud of what Lanes has achieved over the last three decades, delivering drainage services on behalf of many water companies, tens of thousands of businesses and millions of people. Over the years, those services have been delivered by many thousands of dedicated and highly professional people, including our current teams.”

Wayne’s father, Allan Earnshaw, and Graham Tattershall bought Lanes for Drains from its founder, John Lane, in April 1992. What began as drainage company with one depot in Leeds has since grown to operate more than 35 service depots and utility hubs, and has a turnover of over £300 million. Blue chip clients include Scottish Water.

In 2020, the company launched Lanes Infrastructure to deliver excavation and ducting installation services for the broadband industry.