Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for the electricity network that powers everyday life for 8 million people across 3.9 million homes and businesses in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, has announced revised dates for its £1 million investment programme to improve the reliability and resilience of the electricity network serving Scarborough.
The programme, which started on 24 August 2020 and runs until the end of 2021, focuses on replacing 7km of high voltage underground electricity cables dating back to the 1960s with a more modern and sustainable alternative. This new cabling is capable of meeting any future increase in the demand for power as the town develops, the population grows and more people swap their cars for electric vehicles.
The work, which is being carried out by O’Connor Utilities and Murphy Utilities on Northern Powergrid’s behalf, involves excavating in the roadway in a number of locations to the south side of the town centre.
The route includes sections of Salisbury Street, Seamer Road, Oak Road, Falsgrave Road, Mount Park Road, Cambridge Place, Valley Road, Londesborough Road, All Saints Road, Westover Road, Belgrave Terrace, Westwood, Westbourne Grove, Princess Royal Terrace, Princess Royal Park, Fulford Road and Filey Road.
To ease traffic congestion caused by its work in the Falsgrave Road and Seamer Road areas, Northern Powergrid has adjusted its programme to ensure that it is only working on one section of either road at any one time. It is also using two teams on site instead of one so that the work can be completed as quickly as possible.
Work scheduled to take place over the coming weeks is as follows:
- Ongoing until Thursday 1 October 2020 – Falsgrave Road from the junction of Mount Park Road to the traffic lights at the junction of Seamer Road. Temporary multi-way traffic lights will be in operation.
- Thursday 1 October 2020 for up to four weeks – Seamer Road from the traffic lights at the junction of Falsgrave Road to Springhill Road. Temporary multi-way traffic lights may be in operation.
- Thursday 1 October 2020 for up to four weeks – Seamer Road from the junction of Spring Bank to the traffic lights at the junction of Valley Road.
All dates may be subject to change.
There are no plans to turn off anyone’s power and it is unlikely that access to premises will be required. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and Northern Powergrid will ensure that any businesses affected can make arrangements to continue to receive their deliveries.
Northern Powergrid is committed to keeping local people informed and will be writing to anyone directly impacted immediately before work starts along each section of the route.
A spokeswoman for Northern Powergrid said: “Our important investment work to improve the electricity network that powers Scarborough and thousands of peoples’ everyday life is progressing on schedule. We recognise that work of this type can be disruptive so to support the town and minimise the impact, we have two teams on site instead of one so the work can be completed as quickly as possible.
“We’ve adjusted our programme to avoid two sets of temporary traffic lights being in place at the same time which should reduce traffic disruption in the Falsgrave Road and Seamer Road areas for local people and visitors to the town. We appreciate peoples’ patience while we invest in their community and we will continue to provides updates through our dedicated webpage northernpowergrid.com/Scarborough.
“Planning and delivering our investment work with the needs of the community in mind is important to us – we’re currently shaping our plans for how we’ll manage and improve our network from 2023 and beyond so we can help deliver a green recovery, support economic growth and power communities like Scarborough in the future. We want customers to have their say on some of our ideas in the weeks and months ahead and be able to give us feedback about their priorities. To find out more, people can visit engage.northernpowergrid.com/planning-for-2023-28/welcome.”
People can also find out more about Northern Powergrid’s investment work by contacting the company’s customer care team on 0800 011 3332. The network operator is also available 24/7 on Facebook and Twitter.