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£40,000 power upgrade in Broadstairs

UK Power Networks is investing in a £40,000 project to increase the resilience and reliability of electricity supplies for residents and businesses in Broadstairs.

From Press releases - 24 February 2016 12:00 AM

UK Power Networks is investing in a £40,000 project to increase the resilience and reliability of electricity supplies for residents and businesses in Broadstairs.

The company which keeps the lights on in the South East, including Kent, is starting a 12-day project on March 11 to install 200 metres of new underground electricity cables and a new electrical junction box in Albion Street to upgrade customer supplies in the area.

The installation will also provide space for further cabling, should it be needed to cater for extra demand in future, meaning the road won’t necessarily have to be dug up again.

Electricity supplies will not be affected by the project which is due to be completed by March 22. The work has been scheduled to take place well before the popular Broadstairs Folk Week.

Cllr Rosalind Binks, Mayor of Broadstairs and St Peter's, said: “I welcome this work by UK Power Networks that will make the electricity network more reliable for our community. With the high season approaching it is reassuring to know plans are in place to deal with growing demand for electricity in this area.”

Colin Barden, UK Power Networks Head of Network Operations in the South East, said: “Making sure customers have reliable and safe electricity supplies is our priority. This investment will strengthen the electricity network, improve supplies and address growing demand in this area.

“We devised this scheme to reduce the likelihood of power interruptions and give us more options when we reconnect supplies. It should have long-term benefits for security of supplies.”

The work will be carried out as considerately as possible with the team planning to work weekends and extended hours, in agreement with the council, to avoid any delay in reopening the road.

Staff have worked closely with the local authority to plan the project. In order to complete the work safely a temporary road closure will be necessary on Albion Street, between St Mary’s Road and Harbour Street. Advance warning signs will be in place to keep any impact on traffic to a minimum and diversions will be signposted. Access to homes and businesses within the road closure will be maintained.

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.