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 start a £3 million investment programme to improve the reliability and resilience of the electricity network serving Elland.
Taking place between Monday 30 March and Friday 8 May 2020, the work focuses on replacing one of the major circuits that supplies electricity to more than 43,000 customers in and around the Elland and Sowerby Bridge area. This work will ensure that the local electricity network is capable of meeting the demand for power both now and in the future.
The work, which is being carried out by Excalon on Northern Powergrid’s behalf, will involve excavating in the road to replace 1.2km of underground cabling running between an electricity tower at the top of Park Road to a second tower located in the fields at the end of Plains Lane, Elland. The existing cabling dates back to the 1960s and will be replaced with a more modern and sustainable alternative which is capable of meeting any future increase for power on the back of factors such as projected population growth and increased electric vehicle use over the next ten to 20 years.
This will require an extension of the existing Park Road/Elland Road closure down to the entrance to Park Wood Crematorium, but vehicle access to homes and businesses will be maintained through the operation of a permit system. In addition, two-way traffic lights will be in place from the crematorium to the junction with Plains Lane and then along Plains Lane to the end of the road. Full pedestrian access will be available at all times.
There are no plans to turn off anyone’s power and it is unlikely that access to premises will be required.
Northern Powergrid has been working closely with Calderdale Council to plan this work.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Resources, Cllr Jane Scullion, said: “A lot of planning goes into keeping disruption caused by roadworks to a minimum and we work with all utility companies to coordinate work to reduce inconvenience as much as possible.
“A request to carry out this work has been in place for some time. It was agreed that it was less disruptive to local residents and businesses for Northern Powergrid to complete the work now, alongside the existing road closure, rather than postponing it to a later date and requiring further closures.”
Northern Powergrid is committed to keeping local people informed and is doing this in line with the latest advice from the government and medical experts around managing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). For this reason, the company is posting letters and information leaflets to customers rather than hand delivering them. It is also asking that, unless it is an emergency, anyone who has a question make contact by phone or email rather than approaching members of its team on site. Further information can be found on northernpowergrid.com.
Vehicle permits are also being provided so that residents and business users can continue to gain access to premises.
Steve McDonald, Northern Powergrid’s General Manager for the West Yorkshire 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 local people while we carry out this important investment in Elland’s electricity supply. Doing the work now means we won’t have to return once Elland Road is reopened and shut the road again, which would just prolong the disruption.
“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 our free Priority Services Register, which offers extra support to customers who may be more vulnerable.”
Anyone wanting to find out more about the Northern Powergrid investment work or the Priority Services Register can visit northernpowergrid.com or contact the company’s customer care team by calling 0800 011 3332.
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