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We are working in Southampton to deliver a £10 million re-cabling scheme that will provide a modern and more resilient electricity network in the area.
Between September and mid-November 2023, the SSEN Southampton project undertook some advance works that included trial holes and installing approx. 600m of cabling in East Park Terrace and New Road.
Advance works have been undertaken in Southampton city centre with the first stage of re-cabling in East Park Terrace and New Road completed in November 2023. A further phase of the planned city centre works on Civic Centre Road has been postponed until Autumn 2024.
Minimising travel disruption and noise are our priority
The nature of these works will mean that we will be closing the roads for our works to take place supported by a temporary traffic management system to be put in place. These measures will be planned by us in association with Highways England and local authorities, with any customers in the vicinity being notified in advance.
We understand that these works may cause some disruption and noise, however using industry best practice, our contractors will do everything to minimise any inconvenience. Look out for our maintenance signs, on the road network, for further information and diversions.
Why we’re boosting the electricity network
The works are part of larger cable replacement scheme of existing fluid-filled cables between the substations at Southampton Primary, Beavois Valley and Woodmill Lane. The scheme itself represents over a £10 million investment in the electricity network in Southampton and includes an upgrade between Southampton Primary and Woodmill Lane that provides reinforcement keeping power flowing to those living and working in the Southampton area.
We have the environment in mind
The works are futureproofing and strengthening your area’s power supply to cope with severe weather events. It will also help support greater uptake of low carbon technologies.
Discover more on our Smarter Electricity page.
Frequently asked questions
Where our works affect bus stops these will be closed and we generally request that a temporary stop be located within a short walk of the original bus stop. Where Roads are closed buses will divert to an alternative route, information regarding the changes will be posted by the bus operators.
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There is no process by which we offer compensation for any inconvenience or loss caused in the undertaking of their statutory duties. However, this does not affect your Statutory Rights.
The section of road we are working on will be closed to through traffic. Our construction works are generally constrained to approx. 100-200m in length, so residents and local traffic will have access either side of where we are currently working.
Yes, the road we are working on will remain closed overnight to through traffic.
Local access on either side of the works will be maintained.
Road signs will be in place with details of the diversion route.
We’re committed to carrying out this essential project with the minimum disruption, especially for emergency services; as is standard practice for projects which have an official traffic management programme, full details of these plans and any subsequent updates are shared with all emergency services via the local council’s Highways Department.