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£5.2million investment in Tunbridge Wells

Electricity supplies are being upgraded in Tunbridge Wells as part of a £5.2million investment.

From Press releases - 6 December 2013 12:00 AM

Electricity supplies are being upgraded in Tunbridge Wells as part of a £5.2million investment.

UK Power Networks has delivered the first of two new transformers to an electricity substation in the High Brooms area of town this week. These are large pieces of equipment designed to step down the power which enters a substation and they are being fitted at the site to meet growing demand for electricity and make electricity supplies even more reliable in the future.

Paul Kermode, project manager at UK Power Networks, said: “We deliver electricity supplies throughout Kent and we are continually finding ways to increase the capabilities of our power network to meet the changing needs of the areas we serve.

“Installing this new equipment will allow us to cope with growing demand for power in this large town and reduce the impact of power cuts. People need reliable electricity supplies to go about their daily lives and we are constantly investing in our network to improve our service.”

The 34-tonne transformer, crane and other equipment was delivered across the level crossing for the main Hastings to Charing Cross railway line on consecutive nights this week, while trains were not operating. A second transformer will be delivered to the substation in February, then further work will take place inside the site to test, connect and make the new equipment live.

The substation in Tunbridge Wells receives electricity at 132,000 volts and converts it to 33,000 and 11,000 volts for distribution across the area. The new device delivered this week is a long-term investment which will serve the area for decades to come. Both deliveries are part of the ongoing refurbishment of the substation in Tunbridge Wells which serves a large area. The projects started in 2010 and will continue until 2016.

UK Power Networks is investing £360million this year in improvements to the electricity networks it owns and operates in London, the South East and the East of England. To read about future improvements see our business plan at: