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£6.6m upgrade for Purley and Addington electricity network

The electricity distribution network in the Purley and Addington areas is to undergo a £6.6million upgrade.

From Press releases - 6 February 2014 12:00 AM

The electricity distribution network in the Purley and Addington areas is to undergo a £6.6million upgrade.

UK Power Networks, which owns, runs and maintains the network in London, as well as the East of England and the South-East, will be installing new high-voltage underground cables.

It is hoped the work will start in March and will take about 12 months, affecting a route from a main substation in Purley, along Whytecliffe Road North, Purley Park Road, Purley Downs Road, Penwortham Road, Purley Oaks Road, Farm Fields, (pathway to Briton Hill Road), Briton Hill Road, Arkwright Road, Upper Selsdon Road, Queenhill Road, Littleheath Road, Foxearth Road, Addington Road, Selsdon Park Road, Pixton Way, Bardolph Avenue and Court Wood Lane to the main Addington substation.

Nirmal Kotecha, director of capital programme at UK Power Networks, said: “This essential project represents a major investment in maintaining and improving the energy infrastructure in the Purley and Addington areas for the foreseeable future.

“UK Power Networks is determined to provide a reliable supply of electricity and this project is part of our commitment. We hope people will understand the need for this work to be undertaken and we would like to assure them it will be carried with the utmost consideration for the community.”

The route has been chosen to minimise disruption on the busy main road A2022 which has supermarkets and other shops and businesses. Permission for the work has been granted by Croydon Council.

Local residents, traders and community groups will be contacted about the scheme. There will be no interruption to electricity supplies.

UK Power Networks is constantly working to improve the performance of its network and to meet future needs for power. Since it was formed in 2010, UK Power Networks has invested more than £500 million a year in its networks.

Meanwhile, a plan for future electricity services 2015-2023 has been published by UK Power Networks. You can have your say on the plan, which industry regulator Ofgem will now consider, at: http://bit.ly/13G5Bw3