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Newham gets electricity upgrade to support regeneration

Nearly 30,000 homes and businesses in the London Borough of Newham are set to benefit from an electricity upgrade costing over £20 million.

From Press releases - 2 December 2020 12:00 AM

UK Power Networks, the firm that keeps the power flowing across London, the South East and East of England is to replace cable circuits between East Ham and Beckton with new cables that will strengthen the power and resilience of supply in the area.  

The scheme will be delivered alongside a new electricity substation in East Ham that will provide extra power from Barking.  These works will strengthen the electricity network for the future as part of UK Power Networks’ ongoing investment programme.

The installation of new equipment and decommissioning of older cables will help to provide meet the increasing demand for power as the area grows amidst regeneration. The project will run until 2024.

Jonathon Peirce, project manager at UK Power Networks, said: “Our work in this area will help to support growth and development in the area, as well as maintain safe and reliable electricity supplies in this part of East London.”

UK Power Networks keeps the electricity flowing for 2.3 million London properties including homes, businesses, schools and hospitals. With more than 10 million people due to be living in London by 2030, the firm is making sure the electricity network is ready for the future.

Throughout the work UK Power Networks will follow Public Health England advice to keep its employees, contractors and customers safe and its work will be carried out in line with the latest Covid-19 health and safety guidance. The network company is also asking customers not to approach its teams if they see them working unless it’s an electricity emergency – and, if they do, to maintain social distancing at all times.