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 announced plans to close a section of Haworth Road (B6144), WIlsden 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, will be 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).
This latest section of work sees Northern Powergrid working between a major substation in Wilsden to another substation on Canal Road near the city centre and an electricity tower located on King’s Road. It involves digging in the road along sections of Wilsden Road, Haworth Road, Toller Lane, Heaton Park Drive, Heaton Road, Oak Lane, Manningham Lane, Queen’s Road, Station Road, Canal Road and King’s Road.
As part of this programme, Haworth Road will be closed from Sunday 25 October to Friday 27 November 2020 between the junction of Back Lane and the Ling Bob roundabout at the junction with Lane Side (B6144), Main Street, Wilsden and Low Wood. A signposted diversion will be in place from the Sandy Lane traffic lights on the B6144, along Cottingley Road (B6146), Bradford Road (B6265), Main Street Bingley, Harden Road (B6429) and Wilsden Road, back to the Ling Bob roundabout. Alternatively, from Cottingley, motorists travelling into Bradford city centre can follow Bradford Road (B6269/A650) and those travelling to Sandy Lane and Bradford West can follow Cottingley Cliffe Road (B6269).
School bus services will follow the same diversion route. First Bus 616 and 619 services will also follow the same diversion route, although the bus services through Wilsden, Harden and on to Bingley will be replaced with a free shuttle bus. The Keighley Bus Company K17 service is not affected.
The Monday to Friday timetable for the free shuttle bus is as follows. For further details of weekend services, people can visit www.mymetro.com or call 0113 245 7676.
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.
Northern Powergrid also has ongoing work taking place along Wilsden Road (B6144) between the junction of Back Lane, Wilsden and the traffic lights at Sandy Lane (junction of Haworth Road/Cottingley Road/Stony Lane) between now and mid to end of October. Multi-way traffic lights are in operation while the work takes place.
Steve McDonald, Northern Powergrid’s General Manager for the West Yorkshire Region, said: “Our investment work in Bradford is vital in ensuring the ongoing reliability and resilience of the electricity network that powers the city and thousands of peoples’ everyday life.
“We recognise that work of this type is disruptive and we’re doing all we can to minimise the impact, including delivering vehicle permits to everyone who lives and works along the closed section of Haworth Road to ensure they are still able to come and go around the clock while the work is ongoing.
“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 Bradford into 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. Find out more and have your say by visiting engage.northernpowergrid.com/planning-for-2023-28/welcome”
Dates for the next sections of Northern Powergrid’s investment work in the area are to be announced soon. 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.
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