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  • Poole - Wareham Network Upgrade

    Investing in our network to power the future.

  • We're making a multi-million pound investment to boost resilience and future-proof the electricity infrastructure of a Dorset town.

    The £3.7 million programme of upgrade works will begin on Wednesday 14 April and will benefit over 19,000 Poole residents. The project will run for eight months to enable the upgrade of 2.5 kilometers of underground cable; new sections of modern, robust cable will replace the existing oil filled cable which is reaching the end of its working life, allowing for a stronger network with capacity for future commercial and residential connections. 

    We will begin these improvement works on Rigler Road towards the junction of Blandford Road, before moving on to Rockley Road, Goliath Road and then terminating at Hams Common Substation on Hercules Road. 

    We are undertaking these works in adherence with the Government’s coronavirus guidelines. These include strict hygiene measures, engineers working in small, designated ‘bubbles’ and thorough safety checks in advance of any work to ensure the safety of both colleagues and customers. We would also like to reassure our customers that there are no Planned Service Interruptions (PSI) for the duration of these works, keeping the power flowing and supporting those who are at home or providing essential services during the current coronavirus restrictions. 

    Our Project Manager, Ian Daniels said: 

    “I am delighted to be a part of this project which demonstrates SSEN’s commitment to providing its customers in Poole with an efficient electricity network fit for their needs now and into the future; helping them meet their net zero goals. 

    “I would like to reassure customers in the vicinity of these works that, as considerate constructors, my team and I will do all we can to minimise the potential for any noise and disruption.”

    He continued: 

    “Due to current coronavirus restrictions, we are unable to hold a public engagement event for residents and business owners to come along, meet the SSEN Project Team and discuss the works. 

    “We want our customers to know that we are available to address any questions raised and will carry out letter drops in the coming weeks - to all nearby homes and businesses - containing details of the project and various ways of contacting the team. We have also set up a project page so customers can see the latest information on the upgrade works and can contact us directly online.”

    We will endeavour to keep all customers in the vicinity of the works updated with progress via the project website.  We have also provided a contact form on the website for customers to raise any specific concerns.

    Our investment in Poole will ensure a power supply that suits the needs of residents now and in to the future by upgrading a critical section of this Dorset electricity network to help local communities achieve their decarbonisation ambitions; so as more customers turn to low carbon technologies such as electric vehicles, they have a supply and infrastructure that’s fit for purpose.

    03/07/2021 - Blandford Road (B3068/A350) closure postponed until morning of Monday 5th July 21



     

  • Frequently asked questions:
    Poole - Wareham FAQ

    Why are the works being undertaken?

    The £3.7 million programme of upgrade works will begin on Wednesday 14 April and will benefit over 19,000 Poole residents. The project will run for eight months to enable the upgrade of 2.5 kilometers of underground cable; new sections of modern, robust cable will replace the existing oil filled cable which is reaching the end of its working life, allowing for a stronger network with capacity for future commercial and residential connections. 

    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. 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?

    We 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. We request that you make alternative arrangements to park vehicles. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

    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.

    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 - Ian Daniels

    Mobile:  07918 470177

    Email: Ian.Daniels@sse.com

  • Road closures will be in place 24 hours 7 days a week

    Working hours: Monday to Friday: 7am to 7pm: Saturday 8am to 4pm: Sunday 9am to 4pm



  • Road Location Start Date End Date Traffic Management
    Rigler Road Between junction with Rigler Road (A350) and junction with Blandford Road (B3068)
    31/05/21
    Completed
    Two Way Lights
    Blandford Road Blandford Road (B3068)

    02/07/21

    23/07/21

    23/07/21

    20/08/21

    Full Road Closure junction Rigler Road to Blandford Close

    One way Closure from Blandford Close to Tuckers Lane - North West access only

    Tucker Lane Between junction with Blandford Road (B3068) and junction with Tuckers Lane
    17/08/21
    13/09/21
    Diversions and Road Closures
    Rockley Road Between junction with Tuckers Lane and Legion Road and junction with Rockley Road
     08/09/21 11/11/21
    Diversions and Road Closures
    Coles Avenue Between junction with Legion Road and Coles Avenue and junction with Rockley Road

    Completed
    Lake Road Between junction with Coles Avenue and junction with Lake Road

    Completed

    Alleyway Lake Road/David Way

    Alleyway between Lake Road and David Way

    Completed

    David Way/Goliath Road Between junction with David Way to Goliath Road and junction with Jacobs Road, Benjamin Road, Reuben Drive and Delilah Road
    27/05/21
    17/08/21 Diversions and Road Closures
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  • Project Updates

    22/07/21 - Blandford Road traffic management switch over is due to take place this evening. A partial road closure from Ashmore Avenue to Blandford Close to be implemented. Blandford Road will remain open in a North bound direction, with diversions remaining through Upton. 

    14/07/21 - We will be extending working hours during the week. Monday to Friday from 7am to 7pm, and 8am to 4pm Saturdays and 9am to 4pm Sundays.  We are making this change following consultation with BCP Council and local councillors and is aimed at speeding up the works along Blandford Road section during the road closure.

    04/07/21 - The Poole - Wareham customer information pack is now available.

    04/07/21 - The expected traffic management system and closure on Blandford Road shall take place from 9.30am, Monday 5 July 21.

    30/06/21 - All Diversion Maps uploaded for additional information and Table Information Updated.   

    25/05/21 - Works on David Way are ahead of schedule, due to commence on 27 May 2021.

    14/5/21 - We have taken the opportunity to advance works in the area of Lake Road and David Way with agreement from BCP Council, and are proceeding with works ahead of schedule. We apologise for any inconvenience that this will cause to residents.

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