Roadworks will take place in Hull.
Roadworks will take place in Hull.

Northern Powergrid to invest £2.5m to improve electricity network

A £2.5m investment to upgrade the electricity network in Sculcoates will begin from Monday 4 January.

Northern Powergrid are carrying out essential works to improve the reliability and resilience of the electricity network serving Sculcoates.

The work will focus on replacing sections of extra high voltage underground electricity cables dating back to the 1940s with a more modern and sustainable alternative.

This new cabling will also be capable of meeting any future increase in the demand for power as the population grows and more people swap their cars for electric vehicles, supporting Hull City Council’s ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030.

The work, which is being carried out by Excalon on Northern Powergrid’s behalf, will involve excavating in the footpath and road along Sissons Way, Clough Road, Ryde Avenue, Ryde Street and Abbey Way, Sculcoates.

Work is scheduled to start on Sissons Way on Monday 4 January 2021 for a period of up to three weeks.  The dates for the next sections of work will be announced shortly.

There are no plans to turn off anyone’s power and it is unlikely that access to premises will be required. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and Northern Powergrid will ensure that any businesses affected can make arrangements to continue to receive their deliveries.

Northern Powergrid map

A map detailing the planned works

Cathryn Harper, Northern Powergrid’s Customer Service Manager for the Humber Estuary region said: “We’re always very aware of the potential impact of our work on people’s everyday lives, which is why we’re doing all we can to support and communicate with local people while we carry out this important investment in the local electricity network.

“We’ll be issuing information to all affected customers to explain what we’ll be doing and when. Our letters will also provide details of how to sign up for free to our Priority Services Membership which offers extra support to customers who may be more vulnerable.

“While we progress with our work in Sculcoates, we’ll be following the latest government advice to keep our employees, contractors and customers safe and our work will be carried out in line with the latest COVID-19 health and safety guidance. With this in mind, we’re asking customers not to approach our teams if they see them working unless it’s an electricity emergency – and, if they do, to always maintain social distancing.

Northern Powergrid has worked closely with Hull City Council to agree the best routes and times for the work to take place, and the utility company will be writing to anyone directly impacted before work starts along each section of the route.

The planned works are being carried out by Excalon on Northern Powergrid’s behalf, and will finish in May 2021.

For more information, visit Northern Powergrid.

Roadworks are to take place in Hull.