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  • Petersfield - Fernhurst Network Upgrade

    Investing in our network to power the future.

  • We're investing £8.4 million over a 19-month long project in 2020 to future-proof a significant section of our South East network.

    Work gets under way during February 2020 to upgrade nearly 15 kilometres of electricity infrastructure serving the homes and businesses of Petersfield and Fernhurst, and all of the areas between the Hampshire town and West Sussex village.

    The project, which will build resilience to the area’s power supply through the undergrounding of sections of cable and the refurbishment of the primary substation on Bedford Road in Petersfield, will also allow for future commercial and residential connections. The substation element of the project alone will provide power to 10,000 customers, with the overall programme of works keeping the infrastructure resilient and secure for decades to come, while the undergrounding of almost 15km of cable will provide increased security of supply by removing the reliance on the area’s overhead lines.

    While the project is looking ahead to ensure a power supply that is fit for the future, it is also taking into account more immediate events, as our Project Manager, Anthony Horne explains:

    “During the planning stages of this project, SSEN was very aware of the events being held in the local area and have designed a cable route that minimises the amount of road works on main roads, while also looking to reduce the duration we are working around the local businesses and residents.

    “The project team will work very closely with local businesses, residents and local authorities, and will continue to do so to ensure the smooth running and progress of, not just these upgrade works, but also the planned, local activities along the project route over the next 19 months.”

    Network reliability is a key priority for us and the customers we serve. Following a series of discussions, we took the decision to make the investment to further improve network resilience, and future-proof our infrastructure for our customer’s changing demands. This is part of our commitment to taking a “you said, we did” approach to investing in our vital infrastructure. 

    Prior to the commencement of this upgrade project, we will publicise and hold a public engagement event for residents, business owners and interested stakeholders to allow for ongoing discussions on the programme of works. For the duration of the works, we will be available to address any questions raised by the community, so that all parties involved are able to influence any possible impact these works may have. 

    Letter drops will be carried out to homes and businesses to update them on the phases of the project as it reaches their immediate area and, as some of the areas of the upgrade may lead to minor traffic management systems being used temporarily, details will be posted on www.roadworks.org.

  • Frequently asked questions:
    Petersfield - Fernhurst FAQ

    Why are the works being undertaken

    The project, which will build resilience to the area’s power supply through the undergrounding of sections of cable and the refurbishment of the primary substation on Bedford Road in Petersfield, will also allow for future commercial and residential connections. The substation element of the project alone will provide power to 10,000 customers, with the overall programme of works keeping the infrastructure resilient and secure for decades to come, while the undergrounding of almost 15km of cable will provide increased security of supply by removing the reliance on the area’s overhead lines.

    Why has this route been chosen?

    SSEN as a Statutory Undertaker have the right to install/maintain their plant and equipment within Public Highway under the Highways Act of 1980, there are no rights to install/maintain plant and equipment within private property without the consent of the landowners. Network Rail is a private landowner and would not consent to cables being installed on their land. The route chosen is the most direct and therefore the most economical route.

    Will I be compensated for any disruption or inconvenience caused by the works?

    There is no process by which SSEN offer compensation for any inconvenience or loss caused in the undertaking of their statutory duties. However this does not affect your Statutory Rights.

    Will I be able to access my property? Can I get my car in/out of my drive?

    SSEN have applied for various road closures and traffic management measures to be able to install these works in a safe manner. Where road closures are being implemented the Roads will become closed to through traffic. However, 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. When working directly outside a property we make every effort to maintain access however there will be occasions when we will not be able to enable vehicles in or out of a property. The longest period over which we exclude residents from their properties is generally 8 hours. 

    What happens with bus routes?

    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.

    Why don’t you install the cables whilst you are digging the roads?

    Installation of a ducted system enables the works to progress in relatively small sections  (100-200m.) To install cables as the works progress would require longer excavations and would cause greater inconvenience to properties along the route of the works, and involve more disruptive road works.

    Who do I contact if I wish to Complain?

    Telephone: 0800 980 1395

    Email: customercomplaints@ssen.co.uk

    Post:

    Complaints Manager
    Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks
    Walton Park
    Walton Road
    Portsmouth
    PO6 1UJ

    We also have full details of the complaints procedure detailed on our SSEN website here: https://www.ssen.co.uk/Complaints/

    Who do I contact if I have a problem with the staff on site?

    Please contact the Site Manager - Anthony Horne

    Mobile:  07741777214

    Email: anthony.horne@sse.com.

  • Road Location Start Date End Date Traffic Management
    Bedford Road Between junction with Frenchmans Road and entry to Substation 30/06/2020 07/07/2020 Closure
    Frenchmans Road Between Network Rail Bridge and junction with Borough Hill 04/07/2020 10/07/2020 Closure
    Swan Street Between junction with Borough Hill and junction with Chapel Street 15/07/2020 07/08/2020 Closure
    Chapel Street Between junction with Chapel Street and junction with Station Road 07/08/2020 24/08/2020 Closure
    Windsor Road Between junction with Windsor Road and transition to Ramshill 21/08/2020 01/09/2020 Closure
    Station Road Between transition to Station Road to roundabout with A272 London Road 02/09/2020 21/09/2020 Temporary Signals
    Ramshill Between Roundabout with Ramshill and transition to B2070 London Road (junction with Stodham Lane) 22/09/2020 31/10/2020 Temporary Signals
    London Road A272 Between transition to A272 London Road (junction with Stodham Lane) and junction with Rogate Road 15/10/2020 18/02/2021 Contraflow
    London Road B2070 Between junction with B2070 London Road and junction with Harting Combe Road 20/02/2021 06/05/2021 Contraflow
    Rogate Road
    Between junction with Rogate Road and junction with Rake Road TBC TBC Closure
    Harting Combe Road Between junction with Harting Combe Road and junction with Milland Lane/Iping Road 26/05/2020 25/10/2020 Closure
    Rake Road Between junction with Milland Lane and junction with Linch Road 29/07/2020 08/10/2020 Closure
    Fernhurst Road Between junction with Linch Road and junction with Elmers Marsh Lane 16/10/2020 26/10/2020 Closure
    Luckins Copse Lane Between junction with Luckins Copse Lane and entry to Substation 27/10/2020 17/11/2020 Closure
    Elmers Marsh Lane Between junction with Chapel Street and junction with Station Road 18/11/2020 28/11/2020 Closure
    Luckins Copse Lane Between junction with Luckins Copse Lane and entry to Substation 24/06/2021 24/06/2021 Closure
    Elmers Marsh Lane Between junction with Chapel Street and junction with Station Road 27/07/2021 14/08/2021 Closure
    Luckins Copse Lane Between junction with Luckins Copse Lane and entry to Substation
    24/06/2021

    24/06/2021

    Closure
    B2070 Between Jolly Drover South to Trencher Section 17/12/2020 23/01/2021 Closure
    B2070 Between Trencher South to A272 Junction 24/01/2021 20/02/2021 Closure
    A272 To Ramshill 21/02/2021 11/04/2021 Closure
  • SSEN Engineers with clipboards
  • Project Updates

    06/05/2020

    SSE Are planning to remobilise to start works between Petersfield and Fernhurst on 25th May. Due to the revised remobilisation date we have removed Rogate Road from our programme and will advised the rescheduled date for these works once they have been rescheduled.

    Our construction teams request that you maintain your social distancing whilst they undertake these works. 

    02/04/2020

    Revised programme of works issued. SSE are currently following government guidance regarding the Covid-19 outbreak and therefore this programme may be subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.

    24/03/2020

    In accordance with government guidance re COVID-19 we are suspending the start of the planned works between Petersfield and Fernhurst. We will provide a further update when the works will proceed once we are over the current health crisis.

    11/3/2020

    We are planning to commence works as per the publicised programme. Works will be commencing on 30 March on Bedford Road and Frenchmans Road Petersfield and Rogate Road Hill Brow Liss. Diversion routes will be in operation during these works.

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