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 well underway with the first phase of its £30 million investment to improve the reliability and resilience of the electricity network serving Bradford.
The work, which started in October and will run until the end of 2022, focuses on replacing five of the major circuits that supply electricity to approximately two thirds of Bradford’s homes and businesses. This work will ensure that the local electricity network is capable of meeting the existing demand for power as well as any future increase in demand as the population grows and more households swap their cars for electric ones.
Work has been successfully completed along Old Allen Road and Back Lane in Thornton and the following work is set to start.
- On Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November, there will be two-way traffic lights along Thornton Road between the junction with Bell Dean Road, Allerton and Four Lane Ends, Crossley Hall while Northern Powergrid digs some trial holes to inform exactly where it can install its new cables along this route in Spring 2020. Local residents and motorists are advised to allow longer for journeys or consider an alternative route.
- Throughout the rest of November and December there will be excavation in the roadway along Allerton Road from the junction of Old Allen Road, Thornton to the junction of Cote Lane, Allerton. Traffic management will be in use along this route.
Northern Powergrid is not planning to turn off the power as part of any of this work and it will maintain pedestrian access to properties at all times.
The electricity network operator will stop work in the area over the festive period (from Friday 20 December until Monday 6 January 2020). Further details of its schedule of work for January will be announced soon.
As work progresses, Northern Powergrid will provide further updates via letters, local councillors, local and social media.
A second phase of work for this investment in Bradford’s power network is planned to start in May 2020. Further details of timings and routes will be shared in the coming months.
Anyone wanting to find out more about the investment work can also visit northernpowergrid.com, contact Northern Powergrid’s customer care team by calling 0800 011 3332 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
The network operator is also available 24/7 on Facebook and Twitter.