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ScottishPower Invests £25m to Connect 2014 Commonwealth Games City Legacy Homes and Upgrade Electricity Network


ScottishPower Energy Networks is set to carry out additional work on its multi-million pound investment programme to connect the 2014 Commonwealth Games City Legacy Homes and reinforce electricity supplies in the wider Cambuslang and Rutherglen areas.

Initial project work was undertaken last year, with a new phase of work starting on the 11th July this year on Caledonia Road (towards Caledonia Street). Following close consultation and planning with Glasgow City Council and South Lanarkshire Council, further construction and cabling work has also been planned in the Rutherglen area.

The overall project, which is due for completion by December 2012, includes establishing a new high voltage substation at an existing site at Baronald Street, Dalmarnock. An extensive programme to install underground high-voltage electricity transmission cables in the Cambuslang, Rutherglen, Gorbals and Polmadie areas will also take place.

Craig MacDougall, SP Energy Networks Major Projects Manager, said: “This is a significant project that will help to ensure that the infrastructure is in place to allow the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to be a success.

“Not only will it mean that the 6.500 athletes visiting Glasgow in a few years time will be able to feel at home, it will also supply the hundreds of permanent houses in the new neighbourhood that will exist after the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and reinforce the long-term reliability of supplies in the wider area.

“We have been working very closely with Glasgow City Council and South Lanarkshire Council to plan this major upgrade. Although there will be traffic management schemes in operation, we are working hard to complete the project as quickly as possible and without the need for full road closures.”

ScottishPower’s contractor, Clancy Docwra, will begin installing cables on Richmond Road to Peebles Drive on Monday 15th August. This will be followed by work from Peebles Drive to Bogleshole Road.

Underground cable works in the St Andrews Cross area which started on 11th July will also continue with excavations in Caledonia Road towards Caledonia Street. This work is expected to be complete by the end of September 2011.

The company will work closely with the local authorities to manage traffic using temporary lights, contraflows and diversions as appropriate.

Media Information: Paul Ferguson, 0141 566 4515 / 07702 665 924

Notes to editors:

Upcoming Work Schedule:

Cambuslang Area

  1. Richmond Road to Pebbles Drive  Monday 15th August 2011  to  28 August 2011
  2. Pebbles Drive to Bogleshole Road Monday 29 August 2011  to  26 September 2011
  3. Bogleshole Road    Monday 26th September 2011  to  Friday 18th October  2011
  • ScottishPower Energy Networks owns and operates the electricity transmission and distribution network in the Central and Southern 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 approximately 115,000 km of power lines and over 90,000 substations across our network areas.
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