Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for the electricity network that powers everyday life for 8 million customers across 3.9 million homes and businesses in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, has confirmed dates for the next sections of its work in the area as part of its £30 million investment to improve the reliability and resilience of the electricity network serving Bradford.
The investment work, which started in September 2019, is ongoing until the end of 2022 and involves excavating in the road to lay a total of 132km (around 82 miles) of new underground electricity cables with a route length of 17km (10.5 miles).
- One lane of Queen’s Road (the lane that runs towards Manningham Lane) remains closed until early February while the company completes a complex section of work to cross the railway bridge.
- From Monday 18 to Wednesday 27 January 2021, a short section of Heaton Road from the junction of Heaton Park Drive to the junction of Parkside Drive will be closed while work takes place.
- From Thursday 28 January to Friday 19 February 2021 work will continue along Heaton Road to the junction of Oak Lane. This section will be completed using multi-way traffic lights.
- On Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 January 2021, Valley Road will be closed at the junction of Queen’s Road.
- From week commencing 25 January 2021, the lane of Station Road that runs from Queen’s Road down to Canal Road will be closed for up to three weeks, with the other lane remaining open. A signposted diversion will be in place along Canal Road, King’s Road and Queen’s Road.
- One lane of King’s Road (running from the junction of Canal Road up to the junction of Queen’s Road) will be closed from week commencing 15 February 2021 for up to two weeks, with a signposted diversion in place along Bolton Road, Manningham Lane and Hamm Strasse.
- From Monday 18 January to Friday 12 February, the public footpath running from King’s Road to Bolton Road will also be closed.
- From February onwards, work will take place on Oak Lane and Manningham Lane using multi-way traffic lights. Further details will be issued to residents closer to the work starting.
There are no plans to turn off anyone’s power as part of this work. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and Northern Powergrid is writing to everyone directly affected with more information.
A spokeswoman for Northern Powergrid said: “We’re continuing to make solid progress with our £30 million investment in the city and we’re anticipating that all of the main excavation work will be completed by April. After that we’ll be returning to the start of the route to pull our new cables into the ducting we’ve laid in the road and join sections of these cables together. We’ll share our programme for this next stage of our work as soon as we can.
“Once again, we’d like to thank local people for their ongoing patience while we strive to complete our investment work in the area as quickly as possible. If anyone wants to find out more about why and where our work in Bradford is taking place they can view our video (available in English and Punjabi) on the Bradford pages of the Northern Powergrid website – northernpowergrid.com/bradford.”
Letters are issued to all homes and business premises directly affected.
Anyone wanting to find out more can visit northernpowergrid.com/bradford or contact the company’s customer care team by calling 0800 011 3332 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The network operator is also available 24/7 on Facebook and Twitter @northpowergrid.
To translate information into another language, people can click the Accessibility icon at the top of all Northern Powergrid’s web pages or call its language line on 0800 389 8204
People who find it difficult to speak or hear can use text phone 0800 028 9507 or text relay: dial 18001 followed by 0800 169 2996.
Those who are visually impaired can click the Accessibility icon at the top of Northern Powergrid’s web pages to change font sizes and colours or click the Recite Me icon to have information read out to them. People can also sign up to receive communications in larger print or Braille by calling the Powergrid Care Team on 0800 169 2996.