Northern Powergrid is making positive progress with its £1 million (US$1.4 million) investment program to improve the reliability and resilience of the electricity network serving Scarborough.
The program — which started on Aug. 24, 2020, and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021 — focuses on replacing 7 km of high-voltage underground electricity cables dating back to the 1960s with a more modern and sustainable alternative. This new cabling is capable of meeting any future increase in the demand for power as the town develops, the population grows, and more people swap their cars for electric vehicles (EVs).
The work, which is being carried out by O'Connor Utilities and Murphy Utilities on Northern Powergrid's behalf, involves excavating in the roadway in a number of locations to the south side of the town center.
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. The company will also be writing to anyone directly impacted immediately before work starts along each section of the route to keep local people informed.
A spokeswoman for Northern Powergrid said: "As we enter another lockdown, our focus is on getting our work in Scarborough completed as quickly as we possibly can so that we can avoid causing unnecessary disruption once things start to return to normal again. In the meantime, we'd like to thank local people for their ongoing patience and support while we carry out this vital investment in the local electricity network.
"We'll be continuing to follow the latest government advice to keep our customers, contractors, and employees safe — ensuring all our work is carried out in line with the latest COVID-19 health and safety practices. As always, 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 maintain social distancing at all times."