£17m drive to upgrade electricity network in South-east London

More than 300,000 people in South-east London are set to benefit from a new £17 million investment to upgrade the electricity network.

Work is currently underway to complete a new 12.5 kilometre cable route that stretches underground across the boroughs of Greenwich and Lewisham.

The new cables are set to replace existing ones which were first installed in 1958 and have been maintained since.

This will help to ensure the reliability of local power supplies in future from Sydenham to Eltham.

The project by electricity distribution firm UK Power Networks, started in March last year and is due to finish by autumn.

As part of the scheme, the firm has consulted local councils and other interested parties to ensure that people experience as little disruption as possible while excavation work takes place.

Liam O’Sullivan, head of programme management and delivery at UK Power Networks, said: “We are making sure the electricity network is fit and flexible for the future.

“This work will represent further growth in our network capacity to meet the increasing demand.”

Jason Taylor, senior project manager at UK Power Networks, said: “This cable upgrade is part of our ongoing investment in the network to maintain reliable power supplies.

“The new cable route has already been built and the aim is to test the cable connections as we go along, to ensure a smooth transition for when the project is completed early next year.”

The cables have been installed a metre underground, passing under a river and the route includes three railway under track crossings.

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