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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Telephone: 0800 980 1395
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks
We also have full details of the complaints procedure
detailed on our SSEN website here: https://www.ssen.co.uk/Complaints/
Please contact the Site Manager - Anthony Horne
Road Closures and Diversion Plans v3
Petersfield Fernhurst Highways Section Map
SSE have removed their works from Petersfield town
centre at the request of Hampshire County Council to accommodate the planned
works of Other Contractors. Also to assist with Hampshire Programme of
resurfacing works we have relocated at the junction of the A272/B2070 and are
now proceeding West towards Petetsfield Town Centre. The junction where the
works have commenced is a complicated junction to manage and Right turning
movements have been prohibited. Motorists, wishing to turn right are requested
to follow the diversions and U turn at the designated locations.
Works on Fernhurst Road continue to proceed East.
Access to the rising Sun Pub and the village of Milland can be obtained from
Harting Combe Road (Rear of the Jolly Drover) however vehicular access to
Hollycombe Primary school remains via the signposted diversion via Midhurst and
Our excavation team has
progressed from Windsor Road and are now working on Station Road. These works
are under temporary traffic signal control, and we have a operative from our
Traffic Management supplier on site throughout the day observing traffic flows
and adapting the signal pattern, with an aim to reduce queuing as much as
possible. Please understand that delays are inevitable due to our work, but
we’re doing as much as possible to reduce disruption.
The second excavation team is
continuing to programme, having passed The Rising Sun in the centre of Milland,
and now making good progress along Fernhurst Road. Please note that as this
section is under Road Closure the public are asked to please follow the
signposted diversion route.
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.
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.
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.
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.