Thousands of residents across central and West London are benefitting from an upgrade to the electricity infrastructure that is vital to keeping the economy going.
UK Power Networks, the firm that keeps power flowing across London, the South-East and East of England is delivering a £33million project that powers the capital’s entertainment and shopping district. At the heart of the work are new electricity supply points and underground cables that will provide power to businesses in areas including Kensington and Leicester Square. The project is due to finish in 2025.
Engineers from the power firm will also be excavating in various locations to join the new circuits to the existing supply point at St John’s Wood. This move will ensure new state-of-the-art equipment that will power the centre of London for decades to come.
Tom Parminter, assistant project manager at UK Power Networks, comments: “Thousands of people in this area of London rely on us to supply their electricity safely, reliably and efficiently, and we are working closely with our contractors to deliver these vital upgrades.
“When we both complete our work we will have commissioned a new electricity supply point which will supply local communities and businesses well into the future.”
This network upgrade project is part of the company’s £600 million investment in its electricity networks this year.
The UK’s largest electricity distributor delivers electricity to 8.3 million homes and businesses and employs 6,200 staff and contractors to maintain the London electricity network for 2.4 million customers. In London alone, UK Power Networks’ cables stretch across more than 37,000 kilometres.