SP Energy Networks is currently carrying out a major £22 million project to reinforce the electricity network between Legacy, Wrexham and Oswestry, North Shropshire by constructing a new 132,000 volt wooden pole power line.
As part of the project, the company has been working closely with the Welsh Government and their Highways Department to agree a programme of work to construct the new power line across the A483, in the Ruabon/Johnstown areas. In order to minimise inconvenience, it has been agreed that the work will take place overnight, on the evenings of 14th and 28th March.
On these evenings from 11:00pm to 2:00am the A483 will be closed on the northbound carriageway between J1 and J3 and on the southbound carriageway closed between J2 and J3. Signposted diversions will be in place via the B5605 and B5426 Ruabon and Johnstown. Due to a height restriction on the diversionary route, high sided vehicles (those in excess of 14ft 9in) will be escorted through the works area.
Mark Sobczak, Head of 132kV Programmes at SP Energy Networks said: “We are committed to investing in our electricity network, and this project will reinforce the security of electricity supplies for over 130,000 homes and businesses across Mid Wales and North Shropshire.
“In order to carry out our work safely across the A483, and to minimise inconvenience, we have been liaising closely with the Welsh Government to plan this part of the project. We have agreed to work through the night, and will ensure that the road is reopened early for traffic in the morning. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, and we would like to thank local communities for their patience while we have been carrying out this major project.”
The full project consists of 5km of underground cable and 21km of overhead wooden pole line. Planning consent was received in May 2013, with work starting in September 2014 and it scheduled for completion in the Summer of 2015.