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£2.1million power boost in Sutton

Residents in Sutton are to benefit from a £2.1 million investment to improve the local electricity network.

From Press releases - 10 January 2018 12:00 AM

UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity supplies to over 8.2 million homes and businesses, started a four-month project in November to install 2.8km of underground electricity cabling.

The project will increase the reliability of the electricity network for local customers by replacing some existing cables which are due for renewal between Sutton and Beddington.

Nirmal Kotecha, director of capital programme and procurement at UK Power Networks, said: “This project will increase the resilience of the network and ensure that we maintain reliable electricity supplies into the future.

“Electricity supplies are highly reliable and we want to keep it that way. This investment is part of a major multi-million programme of investment this year across the South East to ensure we continue to provide a good service to our local communities.”

The work should not have any impact on electricity supplies. The project involves excavating short trenches to lay pipework (ducts) and then pull through new underground cables. Engineers will return to open excavations at intervals along the route to pull the new cables into position and join them to the electricity network.

The company has worked closely with the local authority to plan the works and keep any impact to a minimum. To work in safety, temporary traffic restrictions will be needed. Roads where cabling will take place are: Wellesley Road, Langley Park Road, Cumnor Road, Eaton Road, Hillcroome Road, Upland Road, Downside Road, Banstead Road, Hill Road, Park Hill, Carshalton Park Road, Glebe Road and Grosvenor Avenue.

UK Power Networks is investing more than £500 million in its electricity networks in 2017/18 and more than £4.5 billion over the eight years to 2023 to maintain safe and reliable power supplies for homes and businesses, both now and in the future.