SSEN carrying out power upgrade in Reading

Work by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) to upgrade and strengthen the power supply in Reading has entered the next phase.

SSEN carrying out power upgrade in Reading

According to the company, the project to reinforce the existing network will provide greater resilience to existing customers and better opportunities for new connections. As part of this scheme a short section of overhead towers will be removed, with a further section of power line being undergrounded.

The overall cost of the scheme is £2 million.

The latest phase of the project will commence on 20 October when the team will begin trench operations to install cable ducting on the A4.

SSEN’s project manager Miles Crossley said: “This will be the most prominent section of works carried out on this project and the nature of working on such a busy stretch of road means that safety issues are raised for those working on the project, and diversions and lane closures are necessary for a short while during this phase.

“As always, our aim is to cause the minimum of disruption, while ensuring the safety of both our colleagues and road users. It’s also SSEN’s intention to work collaboratively with Wokingham Borough Council to arrange potential repair of iron works, such as drain covers, which would negate the need for further road works facilitated by the local authority at a later date.”


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