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£4.6million cable renewal in Croydon

Eighty thousand customers are due to benefit from a £4.6million investment getting underway next week in south Croydon.

From Press releases - 12 April 2016 12:00 AM

Eighty thousand customers are due to benefit from a £4.6million investment getting underway next week in south Croydon.

Electricity engineers at UK Power Networks are ready to start a seven month project to replace underground electricity cables between Beddington and Purley. It will maintain secure electricity supplies for local homes and business into the future.

The company which keeps the lights on across London and the South East is carrying out the work to strengthen the network and increase the resilience of power supplies. Areas to benefit include south Croydon, Purley, Coulsdon and Caterham.

Work is due to start on Monday (April 18) and will continue in stages until mid-November. Electricity supplies will not be affected by the project.

Nirmal Kotecha, director of capital programme and procurement at UK Power Networks, said:
“These electricity cables have served the local area well over many years but they are now due for renewal to make sure we can maintain reliable electricity supplies in the future.

“In the last five years we have increased the reliability of supplies by investing millions of pounds to make sure they are in the best shape possible for the future. These new power cables will help us keep south Croydon’s lights on for many years to come.”

Despite the cable route being 4.8km-long, just ten smaller excavations, each about the length of a bus, will be required to lay the new cables inside existing steel pipes. This will avoid the need to dig new trenches along the full route. Instead engineers will open up the ten excavations at intervals along the route to pull new cables through the pipes and join them to the network.

UK Power Networks engineers have worked closely with the London boroughs of Croydon and Sutton, as well as Transport for London, to design and plan the work in a way that minimises the public impact. The company has written to customers living and working near the works.

Areas where cable pulling and joining will take place are: Richmond Road, Lavington Road, Godalming Avenue, Kingsway, Queensway, central reservation of A23 Purley Way (south of Waddon Way), Purley Way playing fields, Pampisford Road (adjacent to Wyvern Road) and Rotary Park. Engineers will be working in most of these locations for up to seven weeks before returning later for a further seven weeks as the second cable circuit is replaced.

UK Power Networks is investing £500million this year to upgrade and maintain its networks as part of a £4.5billion investment during the eight years to 2023 to keep power supplies safe and reliable for homes and businesses.