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Weekend works planned to complete £6.5million project to modernise power supplies in Liverpool

21/01/2019

SP Energy Networks is to carry out the final stage of works in Edge Lane this weekend, as part of a £6.5million investment plan to modernise the electrical network in Liverpool.

The work will complete the final carriageway reinstatement in Edge Lane, near the entrance to the Liverpool Shopping Park, which has been agreed and planned in co-ordination with the Highways Department of Liverpool City Council. Over the last few days variable message signs (VMS) have been placed in the area to forewarn members of the public and other road users.

The work will take place from 8pm this Saturday 26th Jan until 6am on Sunday 27th and has been scheduled to minimise disruption for road users, pedestrians, homes and businesses.

During this time the outward bound carriageway from Liverpool will be closed. There will be a diversion in place via Holt Road, Kensington, along Prescot Road, then St Oswalds Street.

As the works cross all outward bound lanes, the closure is necessary to ensure the safety of the project team as well as members of the public.

SP Energy Networks has worked to replace over 5.5km of 132,000 volt underground cable, between Lister Drive and Wavertree since May last year. This was completed on time and in October 2018 the new 132,000 volt circuit was commissioned and put into operational service.

The project demonstrates SP Energy Networks continued commitment to invest in Merseyside and follows previous upgrades in the area. The work will benefit local communities, reinforce supplies for the existing 70,000 homes and businesses connected to the network, as well as facilitate future growth for decades to come.

Mark Sobczak, 132kV General Manager at SP Energy Networks, said: "Following the main works in 2018, this is the final stage and has been discussed and agreed with the team from Liverpool Council’s Highways Department. Throughout the project we have minimised the disruption wherever possible and this remaining work is no different and therefore planned for a Saturday evening into Sunday morning.

“Overall this project will support today’s customers in Liverpool as well building a network for the future. As we shift to electric transport with more people owning their own electric cars, and the electrification of other sectors like heating, it will be vital that major cities like Liverpool have a robust and modern electricity network capable of supporting increased demands.”

Media Information – Stephanie Todd: 0141 614 4535 (s.todd@scottishpower.com)

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