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 is about to invest a further £200,000 in the Calder Valley to relocate a flood-prone substation in Gauxholme to a more secure location in Walsden.
To improve the reliability and resilience of the local electricity network, the substation is being moved along Rochdale Road, from the junction with Bacup Road in Gauxholme to the junction with Copperas House Terrace in Walsden. At the same time, Northern Powergrid will also be replacing some of its underground network with new cables.
Work will start at the beginning of February 2020 and last for approximately four to six weeks.
Cumulatively, Northern Powergrid is investing more than £1 million to relocate vulnerable substations across the Calder Valley. This includes the work to build three new substations in Hebden Bridge that was completed in August 2019. The company is currently planning a number of other schemes in the area. Further details will be announced shortly.
Steve McDonald, Northern Powergrid’s General Manager for the West Yorkshire Region, said: “We understand how important a safe and reliable power network is in supporting the local community and that's why we're making ongoing investment across the Calder Valley.
“At the same time we also understand the potential impact that carrying out these works can have on people’s everyday lives and our teams will be working hard to ensure we minimise the impact where at all possible. We’d like to thank everyone in advance for their patience and support while we complete this important work.”