07/08/2014 14:59:00......Posted by Yvette Hopley
Compass Infrastructure have been working on behalf of UKPN since March 2014, installing two new 33,000 volt interconnector circuits between Purley and Addington grid substations, which is now 50 % complete.
Works started in Upper Selsdon Road on 23 May 2014. However due to engineering difficulties and possible safety concerns, works had to be suspend on 3 July 2014. For them to continue along Upper Selsdon Road would require a complete road closure, which would cause considerable disruption to the local area and buses for several weeks, and was not considered a viable option by Council Officers and London Buses.
Discussions have taken place between UKPN, their Contractors and Council Officers over the last few weeks and it has been agreed that the best course of action is to go for an alternative route via Church Way, Arundel Ave and Norfolk Ave instead. I attach a plan indicating the change of route.
Norfolk Avenue was resurfaced in October 2012 and has a Section 58 protection. To overcome this issue UKPN have agreed to fund a full half width carriageway reinstatement upon completion of the works, to be undertaken by the Council’s highways contractor.
These works are essential to allow vital 132,000 volt electricity network reinforcement’s to commence in 2015.
The programme of the revised re-routed works is due to commence on 18 August 2014 in Church Way and is programmed to last up to 14 weeks.
Letter drops will be done to all residents within the next few days and residents in the affected properties in Church Way will be visited personally given that the notice period for this short length of road is less than the normal 2 weeks. Advance warning signs will also be erected and information placed on the Council’s web site.
Access to properties will be maintained at all times.
The works involve excavating a trench alongside one side of the carriageway in approximately 100m lengths to lay ducting. At a later date UKPN will then return to dig a draw pits at 500m intervals to pull the new cable through. Traffic will be controlled with temporary traffic signals.