ScottishPower engineers have this month started a £4.6 million project to modernise the electricity network in Lanark. The work is designed to boost the reliability of power supplies and ensure that the local network will be in a good condition to facilitate future developments in the area.
As part of the work, a new substation will be constructed on land at Whitelees Road, to the rear of Moor Park football ground.
New cables will also be required, and these will be laid underground between the main grid supply point at Kirkfieldbank through the town to the new substation.
The new substation and cables are vital in order to share the burden of supplying electricity to the town with the existing substation adjacent to Bonnington Power Station, which is currently running close to capacity.
Preliminary work has started with some excavation works taking place on Riverside Road, Kirkfieldbank and Whitelees Road near to the location of the new substation. Over the coming months as work increases, temporary traffic management procedures will be required. The company has been working closely with South Lanarkshire Council in order to minimise any disruption this might cause.
Upcoming temporary road closures include:
Bannantyne Street 28th February – involving a temporary one-way system restricting traffic from travelling in a westerly direction.
Kirkfieldbank Brae 3rd to 17th April, this is a significant closure
ScottishPower will endeavour to publicise any further road works via courtesy boards and press advertisements. The full project is expected to be complete this summer.
Iain Steele, Lanarkshire Zone Manager at ScottishPower, said: “It is critical that this upgrade work is carried out so the electricity network can meet the needs of Lanark, both from recent developments and more importantly any future developments. We are investing significant funds to ensure that ScottishPower’s network is both modern and robust, which will improve the reliability of electricity supplies and reduce the inconvenience that can be caused by faults.
“We will continue to work closely with South Lanarkshire Council to minimise any disruption caused by the work.”
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Notes to editors:
ScottishPower Energy Networks own and operate the electricity transmission and distribution network in the south of Scotland and the distribution network in Cheshire, Merseyside and North Wales.
As the network operator we maintain and repair the electrical equipment and network assets that transport electricity to around 3.5 million homes and business.
We manage more than 58,000 km of underground cables and over 90,000 substations across our network.
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