NORTHERN POWERGRID TO START WORK ON ELECTRICITY NETWORK INVESTMENT IN CLEETHORPES
Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for the electricity distribution 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 starting work to build a new substation in Cleethorpes.
The £268,000 investment supports the company’s programme to modernise the region’s electricity network to enable the transition to net zero and create a greener energy future.
From 5 September Northern Powergrid, and its contractor Freedom Group, will start work to build a new electricity substation adjacent to Dolphin Gardens. The substation will replace a former substation in the car park on Market Place, which is being removed at the request of the landowner.
As part of the required relocation of the substation, Northern Powergrid has taken the opportunity to increase capacity in the new substation so it can support the growth of low carbon technologies such as electric vehicles, solar panels and heat pumps in the communities it serves. The new location was also selected as it will provide greater flexibility for the network operator to switch electricity around its wider network to restore local people’s power more quickly if their supplies are ever affected in the future.
The work, which is expected to be completed by 18 October, will involve upgrading the existing electrical equipment and associated cables and relocating the substation to the new location. Throughout the work, there are no plans to turn off anyone’s power.
There will be some excavation work, and lorry and vehicle movements to enable delivery and removal of electrical equipment, material deliveries and collections. Two teams will be on site so the work can be completed as swiftly as possible, and they will work to keep disruption to a minimum. This includes coordinating some closures at night to reduce the impact on motorists, pedestrians and the local community.
As part of the investment work there will be:
- a temporary road closure on the one-way section of Market Street between 12 and 14 September, and
- lane closures on the northern exit to the roundabout between Market St / A1098 / Sea Road between 19:00 and 07:00 from 19 to 22 September. One lane will be closed at a time and temporary traffic lights will be in place to guide motorists.
Northern Powergrid and its contractor have already written to everyone directly impacted and will continue to work with local businesses and the community to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum.
Work for the new substation, which is situated on local authority land, has been coordinated in partnership with North East Lincolnshire Council. Any impact on previous work carried out as part of the regeneration of Cleethorpes, which was completed in spring 2021, will be reinstated at no extra cost to the council.
Patrick Cragg, Northern Powergrid’s Project Engineer, said: “We have taken steps to ensure that this important investment in the local electricity network can be completed safely and as quickly as possible. Our teams will do all they can to minimise disruption during the work and ensure that the area is reinstated to a high standard for the local community.
“The newly located substation will help us modernise and improve the local power network, increase capacity as more people look to adopt low carbon technologies like electric vehicles and provide greater flexibility to restore supplies so we can better support our customers if their power is ever affected in the future.”
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