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, has provided an update about its ongoing £9 million investment programme to improve the reliability and resilience of the electricity network serving Darlington.
Work started in early January 2021 on a three-year scheme of work to replace 48km of 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 town develops, the population grows and more people invest in green technologies like electric vehicles, heat pumps and solar panels.
The work, which is being carried out by O’Connor Utilities on Northern Powergrid’s behalf, involves excavating in the footpath and roadway at locations across the town. Most of this work is taking place using multi-way traffic lights or by operating narrow lanes, although some road closures are required.
A 100 metre section of Whessoe Road will be temporarily closed from the McDonald’s roundabout at the junction of Otley Terrace to near to Whessoe Road Salvage and Just Tyres from Monday 4 October 2021 for up to two weeks. A signposted diversion will be in place.
The company will also be carrying out work using multi-way traffic lights or by operating narrow lanes at the following locations during October, November and December 2021:
- Haughton Road (from the junction of Blackett Road to the roundabout at the junction of Salters Lane South) from w/c 18 October 2021 for up to two weeks
- Brinkburn Road from the junction of Alliance Street to the junction of Darrowby Drive from w/c 18 October 2021 for up to two weeks
- Darrowby Drive from the junction near the mini market on Brinkburn Road to just past the junction of Wederly Close for two weeks during early to mid-November 2021
Work will stop for Christmas on 16 December 2021 and restart on 3 January 2022.
Routes and dates may be subject to change.
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 write to everyone directly impacted by the work.
People can find out more about the Northern Powergrid investment work by visiting the dedicated Darlington pages on the company’s website at northernpowergrid.com/darlington or 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 signing up for its free Priority Services Membership visit northernpowergrid.com/care or call 0800 169 2996.