Northern Powergrid



Amey340.jpgNorthern Powergrid, the company that powers everyday life for 8 million people across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, has invested £7.8 million protecting the region's power network.

With wintery weather just around the corner, the electricity distributor's annual rolling programme of clearing trees and foliage that have grown near the power network becomes critical. The work is vital in helping reduce the chances of severe weather blowing vegetation into overhead power lines and causing damage and disruption.

The clearance programme, which takes place throughout the entire year, supports the electricity distributor's maintenance and network investments to continue to provide a safe, resilient and reliable power supply to the 3.9 million homes and businesses it powers.

Tina Oates, Northern Powergrid's Performance and Insight Manager, said: "This year, we've cut back vegetation from some 1,349 miles of our power lines.

"This vital programme of vegetation clearance throughout the entire year makes sure we are winter ready.  While not completely eliminating the risks, the work significantly reduces the potential for trees making contact with our power lines during severe weather or snapped branches hitting our network, causing damage and power cuts for our customers.

"To reduce disruption to our customers and wherever it is safely possible, we cut back trees without the need for a planned power cut, however on some occasions, to work safely, we do have to isolate our network. When this is required, we always provide advance notice to enable our customers to make alternative arrangements, where necessary, to help minimise the impact on them, their family and their property."

Anyone who spots trees growing too close to power lines or is interested in finding out more about the work Northern Powergrid does to protect the region's power network can visit

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