NORTHERN POWERGRID INVESTING £7 MILLION IN SHEFFIELD'S POWER NETWORK
A £7 million investment programme is set to improve the reliability and resilience of the electricity network in Sheffield.
Starting on 22 May 2023, and running until Autumn 2024, the work focuses on replacing several sections of existing high voltage underground electricity cables in and around Hillsborough, Owlerton and Wadsley Bridge with more modern and sustainable equipment.
The new equipment is capable of meeting the existing demand for power, as well as any future increase in demand as the area develops, the population grows and people become more reliant on electricity to power businesses and public buildings, provide heating and charge electric vehicles.
The work is being carried out by Excalon on Northern Powergrid's behalf and will involve excavating in the roadway or footpath to lay a total of 25km of new electricity cables along a 3km route including sections of Livesey Street, Herries Road South, Rawson Spring Road, Herries Road, A61 Penistone Road/Penistone Road North, Beeley Wood Road, Niagara Road and Clay Wheels Lane.
Northern Powergrid and Excalon have worked closely with Sheffield City Council to agree the best routes and times for the work to take place. To reduce disruption, work on Penistone Road will take place over the summer months and works will be dismantled ahead of match days and major events at Hillsborough Park.
The work will require the use of temporary multi-way traffic lights, lane closures and some sections of road may have to be temporarily closed. However, Northern Powergrid is looking to reduce disruption by working closely with major venues, businesses and local residents.
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. It is possible that some sections of on street parking will be temporarily suspended, but signage will be installed to notify users in advance of work starting.
There are no plans to turn off power supplies and it is unlikely that access to premises will be required.
Northern Powergrid is committed to keeping local people informed and will be writing to everyone directly affected to let them know the date that work will take place in their immediate vicinity.
Sharon Incerti, Project Manager, Northern Powergrid said: “We’re always very aware of the potential impact of our work on people’s everyday lives, which is why we’re doing all we can to support and communicate with the local community while we carry out this important investment in the area’s electricity network.
“We’ll be issuing information to all affected customers to explain what we’ll be doing and when. Our letters will also provide details of how to sign up for free to our Priority Services Membership which offers extra support to customers who may be more vulnerable.”
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