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Investment is a powerful boost for Cambridgeshire

A £2.5million investment to boost the electricity network to residents in part of Cambridgeshire is under way today.

From Press releases - 11 July 2014 12:00 AM

A £2.5million investment to boost the electricity network to residents in part of Cambridgeshire is under way today.

UK Power Networks is refurbishing a substation which delivers power to about 12,000 homes and businesses in St Ives.

The company owns and maintains the overhead power lines and underground cables which take power to about eight million properties in East Anglia, London and the South East.

With more homes and businesses being built in the area and an ever-increasing demand for electricity, the investment will ensure that power supplies in the area continue to be reliable now and into the future.

As part of the scheme, new equipment will be installed which will mean extra capacity will be available for the area. It will also mean that where possible, if customers should experience a power cut, many supplies will be able to be restored via control-centre computers within a much shorter time rather than waiting for an engineer to get to the site.

The two-year project is just one of a rolling programme of investment work being carried out by UK Power Networks.

Since 2010, about £500 million a year has been spent on improvements and maintenance work across the area the company serves.

John Seville, senior project manager for UK Power Networks, said: “This work is really important to enable us to continue to deliver a reliable electricity supply to our customers.

“Like all towns and cities, St Ives is growing and this creates extra demand on the electricity supply and our network.

“This shows our commitment to investment and to make sure our network is in the best working order possible, ensuring we keep the lights on for our customers.”