Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for keeping the lights on across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, is about to start the final stage of its £1.75 million investment work in Skelton.
The investment, which is part of a wider £3.3 million programme to improve the infrastructure that powers homes and businesses throughout Skelton, Saltburn and Marske, will see the electricity network operator continue its work to modernise the local power network.
In Skelton Northern Powergrid is replacing existing high voltage cables, upgrading substations and installing 20 remote control smart switching devices, which will automatically restore power for customers quicker if their lights should go off in the future. It has already successfully completed its planned work in North Skelton and New Skelton on schedule. On 15 August 2018, the electricity distributor will start working in Skelton Village for approximately four weeks.
The work will involve excavating in the road along sections of the High Street (avoiding a newly paved section), Coniston Road, Thirlmere Drive, Rydal Road, Windermere Drive, Derwent Road and Ullswater Drive.
Temporary traffic lights will be used at times so the teams can work safely, and Northern Powergrid is not planning to disrupt local people’s electricity supply during the work. It will also ensure pedestrian access to all homes and businesses along the route is maintained and has written to everyone directly affected to share information about the next stage of work.
Steve Cammidge, Zone Manager at Northern Powergrid, said: “This major investment will improve the safety, security and reliability of Skelton’s electricity supply and our teams have ensured the first stage of works was completed on schedule. We’d like to thank local residents and businesses for their patience and support to date, especially those directly impacted.
“We’re ready to start the final phase in Skelton, which includes work in and around the High Street area. We understand that this type of work can be disruptive so we’ll be doing everything we can to minimise disruption wherever we can over the coming weeks.”
Northern Powergrid’s overall £3.3 million investment programme in Skelton, Saltburn and Marske involves laying 21.2 kilometres of underground power cables, replacing 2.83 kilometres of overhead power lines, building two new substations, refurbishing a further nine substations and installing 34 remote control smart switching devices at 20 locations.
Phase 1 of the work has focused on Skelton, while Phase 2 will focus on Saltburn and Marske and is scheduled to take place from late 2018 until mid-2019.
Further information can be found on northernpowergrid/com by entering Skelton, Saltburn or Marske in the search bar or by visiting Northern Powergrid’s online investment map – www.northernpowergrid/investments-in-your-area. The electricity distributor can also be contacted 24/7 on Facebook and Twitter (@Northpowergrid) or by calling 0800 011 3332.