Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has invested £20 million in the electricity infrastructure that serves the Ridgeway area of central southern England over the last two years.
The investment has been spread across five key projects across the area's high voltage network including Oxford, Witney, Swindon and Marlborough.
The multi-million-pound improvement programme reaching across parts of Oxfordshire and Wiltshire has included the replacement of poles, conductors and plant such as substations and underground link boxes. Automation systems have been placed on the network and some sections of overhead line have been undergrounded.
Austin Cobb, SSEN's lead business improvement manager, met with Robert Courts MP to discuss the importance of the projects. Cobb said: "This is a significant investment to an area which is growing and developing year on year, and SSEN has embarked on this programme of works to strengthen the existing power supplies to homes and businesses, while ensuring it is robust enough to meet future needs.
"At SSEN, we are committed to do all we can to keep the lights on 24/7 and by completing £20 million of works across Ridgeway in two years, SSEN is acting to reinforce the network that serves businesses, communities and residents, who rely on us to power their day."
Robert Courts MP added: "I welcome this significant investment which will help to support a more resilient, secure and reliable network for my constituents.
"It was useful to meet with SSEN at their Oxford Depot to discuss the details of the investment and how it will benefit residents and businesses across West Oxfordshire."
The five key projects to benefit from this two-year £20 million investment are:
- £5m in wood pole and conductor replacements on both 33kV and 11kV networks in the following areas and surrounding villages: Devizes (Carterton), Witney, Berinsfield, Deddington, Yarnton, Shipton Oliffe, Marlborough
- £3m in low voltage pole and conductor replacements across the Ridgeway Region
- £2.5m in plant replacement, including distribution substations plus associated plant and underground low voltage link boxes
- £4m in automation systems, plant and schemes in heavily populated supply areas
- £2.5m in undergrounding parts of Ridgeway's existing overhead network in areas including Calne, and Wiltshire Grove and Frilford in Oxon.