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South-East Londoners to benefit from £17 million scheme

More than 300,000 people in South-East London are set to benefit from a new £17 million investment to upgrade the electricity network.

From Press releases - 2 July 2020 12:00 AM

Work is currently underway to complete a new 12.5 kilometre cable route that stretches underground across the boroughs of Greenwich and Lewisham. The new cables are set to replace existing ones which were first installed in 1958 and have been maintained since. This will help to ensure the reliability of local power supplies in future from Sydenham to Eltham. 

The project by electricity distribution firm UK Power Networks, started in March last year and is due to finish by autumn. As part of the scheme, the firm has consulted local councils and other interested parties to ensure that people experience as little disruption as possible while excavation work takes place.

Liam O’Sullivan, head of programme management and delivery at UK Power Networks, said: “We are making sure the electricity network is fit and flexible for the future. This work will represent further growth in our network capacity to meet the increasing demand.”

Jason Taylor, senior project manager at UK Power Networks, said: “This cable upgrade is part of our ongoing investment in the network to maintain reliable power supplies. The new cable route has already been built and the aim is to test the cable connections as we go along, to ensure a smooth transition for when the project is completed early next year.”

The cables have been installed a metre underground, passing under a river and the route includes three railway under track crossings.

UK Power Networks is the country’s largest electricity distribution network operator. It works to maintain the safety and reliability of power supplies, in addition to upgrading the network to meet the future needs of customers. The project is being completed in conjunction with contractors under its award-winning alliance scheme. 

Throughout the work UK Power Networks will follow Public Health England advice to keep its employees, contractors and customers safe and work will be carried out in line with the latest Covid-19 health and safety guidance. The 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.