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Work on £14m electricity project starts in Havering

The next phase of a multi-million-pound project to boost the reliability of electricity supplies to 130,000 properties in south Essex and east London is now starting in the Havering area.

From Press releases - 3 December 2013 12:00 AM

The next phase of a multi-million-pound project to boost the reliability of electricity supplies to 130,000 properties in south Essex and east London is now starting in the Havering area.

UK Power Networks, the company which delivers electricity to the doors of eight million customers in the East of England, London and the South East, is carrying out the £14million scheme which will see 27km of underground power cable replaced between Shenfield and Dagenham. The project is replacing cabling that is reaching the end of its serviceable life.

The scheme will improve the reliability of supply for customers in Romford, Brentwood and Gidea Park as well as Shenfield and Dagenham. It will also allow for extra capacity in the event of future housing or business developments in these areas.

Residents and businesses will be notified in advance if and when the work is likely to affect them and there is also the opportunity to find out more about the project at a special information point which will proceed ahead of the works. The information point will have the customer liaison coordinator and key project staff available for questions from anyone affected by the project.

Excavating will be in the following roads in Havering: Crow Lane; Church Road; Nursery Walk; Union Road; Waterloo Road; Havana Close; Exchange Street; South Street; Eastern Road; Carlton Road; Balgores Lane; Station Road; Squirrels Heath Lane; Ashlyn Grove; Stafford Avenue; and Ardleigh Close.

The local area around those roads may be affected by closures and diversions.

Some excavation work is currently under way in Ingreway and Maylands Way as part of the latest phase.

All the works are being carried out after two years of close consultation with the council. The Romford town centre works will be carried out to avoid key events and peak times for pedestrians and buses.

Chris Sugars, project manager for UK Power Networks who is heading up the scheme, said: “This is a large-scale project which shows our commitment to ensuring power supplies remain reliable for our customers now and into the future.

“We have worked closely with the local authorities in each area to ensure we cause the least disruption possible to residents and motorists.

“We will also be liaising with residents and businesses in each of the areas where this vital work is being carried out and keeping them informed if they are likely to be inconvenienced in any way.”

These works will involve pulling cables though the ducts and all work will aim to minimise any disruption.

The project is due to be completed by the end of September next year.