Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for the electricity network that powers everyday life for 8 million people across 3.9 million homes and businesses in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, is about to start a £2.5 million investment programme to improve the reliability and resilience of the electricity network serving Sculcoates.
Starting week commencing 4 January and running until May 2021, the work focuses on replacing sections of extra high voltage underground electricity cables dating back to the 1950s with a more modern and sustainable alternative. This new cabling will be capable of meeting any future increase in the demand for power as the population grows and more people swap their cars for electric vehicles.
The work, which is being carried out by Excalon on Northern Powergrid’s behalf, will involve excavating in the footpath and road along Sissons Way, Clough Road, Ryde Avenue, Ryde Street and Abbey Way, Sculcoates.
Northern Powergrid has worked closely with Hull City Council to agree the best routes and times for the work to take place.
Work is scheduled to start on Sissons Way on Monday 4 January 2021 for a period of up to three weeks. The dates for the next sections of work will be announced shortly.
There are no plans to turn off anyone’s power and it is unlikely that access to premises will be required. 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.
Northern Powergrid is committed to keeping local people informed and will be writing to anyone directly impacted before work starts along each section of the route.
Cathryn Harper, Northern Powergrid’s Customer Service Manager for the Humber Estuary region 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 local people while we carry out this important investment in the local 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.
“While we progress with our work in Sculcoates, we’ll be following the latest government advice to keep our employees, contractors and customers safe and our work will be carried out in line with the latest COVID-19 health and safety guidance. With this in mind, we’re asking customers not to approach our teams if they see them working unless it’s an electricity emergency – and, if they do, to always maintain social distancing.”
People can also find out more about the Northern Powergrid investment work by contacting the company’s customer care team by calling 0800 011 3332. The network operator is also available 24/7 on Facebook and Twitter.
For information about joining the electricity distributor’s free Priority Services Membership visit northernpowergrid.com/care or call 0800 169 2996.