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Night Czar meets the ‘power‘ behind London‘s thriving night time economy

London’s Night Czar Amy Lamé saw first-hand how the capital’s businesses, restaurants, pubs, clubs and theatres are kept running 24/7 when she visited an electricity substation in the heart of the West End.

From Press releases - 11 September 2018 12:00 AM

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The Night Czar went behind the scenes to see how London’s electricity network, UK Power Networks, works through the night to keep the lights on across the capital and enable London‘s £26bn night time economy to thrive and expand.

Beginning her visit at the electricity networks‘ Covent Garden office, Ms Lamé met with the engineers who are on hand round the clock and learn about the £1.6 billion investment UK Power Networks is making in the capital’s electricity infrastructure from 2015-2023.

Part of that investment is the planned upgrade to the substation that supplies the iconic Piccadilly Circus lights, and which along with nine newly built substations across London will deliver additional capacity to serve London’s growing population.

Ms Lamé said: “The UK Power Networks‘ engineers are among the many hard-working people who keep London thriving at night. It was a privilege to see the infrastructure that keeps the capital‘s heart beating and meet the staff who help make London a truly 24-hour city.“

Not since the late 1960s has UK Power Networks built more electricity infrastructure to power London. In 2017/18 nine new main electricity substations were built across the capital, adding over 480 megawatts of additional capacity, equivalent to connecting 192,000 homes to the electricity network. The substations are in Poplar, City of London, Limmo Peninsula, Greenwich Peninsula, Islington and Whitechapel.

Hosting the visit by the Night Czar, UK Power Networks‘ director of connections, Mark Adolphus said: “London has the most reliable and lowest cost electricity network in Great Britain. We were delighted to welcome Amy behind the scenes to see how we keep London running through the day and night and meet our night-time teams that keep London switched on.“

The power company is also working closely with the Greater London Authority and Transport for London to support the introduction of cleaner, greener forms of transport and help improve air quality. At a time when half of London‘s air pollution is caused by road transport, and one in ten of the capital‘s children suffer from asthma, UK Power Networks is working with the London Mayor, the 32 London Boroughs and the City of London, taxi, bus and fleet operators to support the electrification of transport and improve London‘s air quality.