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SP Energy Networks to commence major £15 million upgrade in Glasgow

27/02/2015

SP Energy Networks is due to complete one of the biggest modernisation projects undertaken in the last 50 years, in the Finnieston area of Glasgow.  This £15 million investment is part of the new Finnieston Grid project, which includes a major new substation, and will increase capacity on the network in Glasgow.  This will in turn improve reliability of services for homes and businesses in the area, and will support future growth within the surrounding area.

The final stage of the project will involve the connection of new cables into the new Finnieston Grid and will commence on 9th March 2015.

A section of Argyle Street between Derby Street and Kelvingrove Street will be closed to vehicles, together with local access only on Corunna Street, for an estimated 2 weeks to facilitate the upgrades.  The planned Argyle Street closure will allow the company to connect new cables into the local network, supporting 23,000 local homes and businesses.  The work is being planned to ensure that there will be no interruptions to power supplies during the upgrade. 

SP Energy Networks has been working closely with Glasgow City Council, emergency services and other stakeholders to develop plans in order to minimise disruption to the local community, businesses and traffic.  Signposted diversions will be in place taking traffic via Sauchiehall Street in order to provide an alternative route onto Argyle Street.

SP Energy Networks Glasgow & Clyde North District Manager, David Guthrie said:

“This is a very significant power upgrade in Glasgow, and it is a major investment.  It will ensure that the Glasgow network is modern and robust, and will help us to continue to deliver a highly reliable service for thousands of homes and businesses in the long term.  Together with Glasgow City Council and stakeholders all efforts are being made to keep traffic flowing. We have now posted signage along the route to advise of the upcoming work. We would like to thank residents for their patience so far, and we would encourage people to carefully plan their journeys in advance during this 14 day period. “

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