Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is investing over £7 million to future-proof a significant section of its Thames Valley network.
Work gets under way this week to upgrade 14 kilometres of the electricity infrastructure that serves homes and businesses from Chobham to Ascot and all the areas in between.
The project which will build resilience to the area's power supply through the undergrounding of sections of cable and the refurbishment of the primary substation at the site of the Military Vehicles and Engineering Establishment, will also allow for future commercial and residential connections. The substation element of the project alone will provide power to 10,000 customers, with the overall programme of works keeping the infrastructure resilient and secure for decades to come.
SSEN's project manager Anthony Horne said: "During the planning stages of this project, SSEN was very aware of the events being held in the local area and, in particular, the calendar of Ascot racecourse, which draws huge crowds to the area.
"The project team has worked very closely with local businesses, residents and local authorities, and will continue to do so to ensure the smooth running and progress of, not just these upgrade works, but also the planned, local activities along the project route over the next 16 months."