Second phase of Power Tunnels project to start next year

The second phase of National Grid's London Power Tunnels project will get underway in summer 2019.

Second phase of Power Tunnels project to start next year

The London Power Tunnels phase 2 (LPT2) project follows the success of National Grid’s original London Power Tunnels project (LPT1), a seven-year £1 billion scheme to rewire the capital.

A series of public information events will give the local community an opportunity to find out more about plans to build a new network of cable tunnels, 30km in length, between New Cross and Wimbledon and Hurst and New Cross.

National Grid is also planning to build a tunnel between Hurst and Crayford. However, this part of the project is in early development and a public information event will be held in June to share further details.

Work to build the tunnels will start in summer 2019 and will take approximately eight years to complete. National Grid say that placing the cables in deep underground tunnels will reduce major disruption to the London area.

Members of the public will be given the chance to ask the project team about the plans, and provide feedback on certain aspects of the proposals, before planning applications are submitted for headhouses at Kings Avenue, Kidbrooke and Eltham in summer 2018.

Phil Clements, project development manager, said: “The new cable tunnels are essential in order to replace existing electricity circuits which are coming towards the end of their useful life. They are part of National Grid’s £750 million investment to ensure a continued safe and secure supply of electricity to the capital. It is really important to us that the public can provide feedback on our proposals, and we hope that the community will come and meet us in order to learn more about this exciting project.”


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