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£8m Investment to Boost Power Network in Coventry, Warwick and Leamington

A £8 million investment on the electricity network is underway in South Warwickshire, UK. Western Power Distribution (WPD), the electricity distributor for the region, is committed to investing in its network to further improve supply reliability and customer service levels.

The initiative involves WPD laying 2 1km of 33-kV cable between Coventry and Warwick, which will help further safeguard supply reliability to 81,000 customers in the Coventry, Leamington and Warwick areas. WPD’s investment is also designed to better accommodate any increased demands placed on the power network in the future for additional developments.

The project, which is being carried out in phases, started in January and is expected to be completed by September 2014. The next phase of the work will involve the closure of the A452 (Kenilworth Road) until the evening of Tuesday April 29 to enable a further section of the new cables to be laid.

“It ensures that we can provide a high level of service to these areas in the long term by improving the infrastructure and security of our electricity network,” said Pat Booth, WPD’s Projects Manager for the area. Added Booth, “While this work is being undertaken, our aim is to keep any disruption to an absolute minimum. We have been speaking with Warwickshire County Council and Coventry City Council and the Highways Agency to agree on a cable route which creates the least disruption for traffic flow in the area.

“We have also arranged to carry out the cable laying work over the Easter period when traffic flow is likely to be at a minimum and we have kept customers and business along the route informed by letter.”

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