Residents in part of North Shields are set to benefit from a £300,000 investment to improve electricity supplies.
Northern Powergrid has started work to build a new substation on Bulman’s Lane, in Preston Village, and upgrade underground electricity cables.
The £290,000 investment, part of a £365m investment programme by the company, will modernise the village’s electricity network to help reduce the risk of unplanned power cuts and ensure it is able to meet the growing demand for power in the future.
Local residents will see Northern Powergrid contractors removing overgrown vegetation and refuse from the site on Bulman’s Lane, before beginning excavation to lay the new substation foundations.
This will be followed by installation of new cables along Roseberry Avenue in preparation for the construction of the new substation in early 2015.
Karl Moore, Northern Powergrid’s project engineer for the Preston Village programme, said: “This investment is good news for local residents as it will make a real difference to the electricity network.
“We’re investing significantly in upgrading our electricity network so that is ready to meet the future demands of the local communities we serve.
“This work will significantly improve the reliability of the supply in Preston Village for the next 30 years.”
“As with any construction there will be some disruption to village traffic but we are making every effort to minimise the impact on local residents and businesses. There will be no disruption over the Christmas holiday as construction will stop between December 20 and January 4.
“We hope that local people will bear with us during the construction as work to invest in their community.”
Anyone with enquiries about the planned work in Preston Village can contact Northern Powergrid’s customer care team on 0800 298 7769 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) or complete an online enquiry form at www.northernpowergrid.com/contact