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£20,000 power upgrade in Pulborough

UK Power Networks is replacing power lines in Pulborough to increase the reliability of electricity supplies for local homes and businesses.

From Press releases - 28 April 2016 12:00 AM

UK Power Networks is replacing power lines in Pulborough to increase the reliability of electricity supplies for local homes and businesses.

A two-day project is starting on May 10 to replace 450-metres of power lines on Church Hill, London Road and Church Place to prevent tree branches interfering with the reliability of power supplies, particularly during stormy conditions.

UK Power Networks, which keeps the lights on in the South East, is carrying out the £20,000 project to replace bare power lines with a covered variety, grouped together to contain all the wires. Localised power supplies need to be isolated for a few hours in order to safely carry out the work and anyone affected will be notified well in advance.

Senior project manager Allen Aldridge, at UK Power Networks, said: “The aim of this project is to increase the reliability of electricity supplies for local residents by reducing the impact of trees on overhead lines. The work should have long-term benefits for the area.”

Temporary traffic lights will be used at off-peak times from 9.30am to 3pm to minimise traffic impact on the A29 while nine spans of power lines and electricity poles are replaced. Once the work is complete tree trimming will take place around the line.

Covered power lines guard against power cuts caused by branches blowing against the line. This year alone UK Power Networks is investing £5.5million to trim trees that interfere with the performance of its electricity network in the South East, plus £1.1million to replace 52km of low voltage wires with the covered variety in Sussex, Surrey and Kent.