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Herefordshire, UK Distribution System Upgrade Underway

Work that forms part of an £11 million Western Power Distribution (WPD) initiative to boost power supplies in Herefordshire, UK is well underway.

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 investment is also designed to better accommodate the increased demands placed on the power network from regeneration in Hereford city.

This initiative, which started in February 2014, involves the construction of a new substation in the city, the upgrading of equipment in a major substation near Dormington and the laying of 9 km of 66,000 volt new cable between them.

The investment will help to further safeguard supply reliability to around 8,000 customers in the city center.

“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 Mick Dunne, WPD’s Projects Manager for the area.

Some roads will have to be closed while the new cables are being laid by WPD’s contractors JSM Group, however signed diversions will be in place.

Added Mick: “While this work is being undertaken, our aim is to keep any disruption to an absolute minimum. We have been speaking with Hereford City Council and the Highways Agency to agree on a cable route and road diversions which create the least disruption for traffic flow in the area.”   

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