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Sudbury power project offers lasting solution for homes

Work is set to get underway on a major project designed to reinforce power supplies in Sudbury and future proof the town’s electricity network.

From Press releases - 6 July 2018 12:00 AM

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UK Power Networks engineers will replace 330m of overhead lines with 520m of underground cables later this month.

Around 50 properties in and around Gainsborough Road, Sudbury will have their views improved and see their electricity service undergrounded.

There is also a wider benefit of more reliable and secure power supplies for the town as a whole, as a result of a £200,000 investment.

As well as undergrounding lines, new pieces of electrical equipment will be installed designed to restore power quicker to homes and businesses in the event of a power cut, while wooden poles will also be removed to make pavements more accessible.

The work, scheduled to start on July 24, will require the road to be closed for around six weeks for safety reasons, and been timed to coincide with the school holidays to try and minimise disruption.

In a good example of collaborative working, UK Power Networks’ project will happen at the same time as another utility company will be doing separate essential work on the road.

UK Power Networks owns and operates the electricity networks in the East of England, London and the South East.

Project manager Lee Bodfield said: “This is a significant piece of work that will bring long-term benefits to Sudbury in terms of ensuring a safe and reliable power supply.

“Local power supply interruptions will be minimal, but there will be traffic diversions as we remove and install cables and we apologise for the inconvenience the road closure will cause.
“We appreciate this is a key route through the town and we are doing everything possible to keep residents informed about what is happening so that they can plan around it and have reviewed the diversion routes closely with the local council.

“Collaborative working with another utility company doing work at the same time on Gainsborough Road should help avoid any future similar disruption and we will continue to consult closely with local people about this scheme.

“The power lines and other electrical equipment on this road have caused issues in the past and are due for replacement so undergrounding the cables, and adding the technology to restore power supplies quickly and remotely, is the best long-term solution for this part of the town.”