Work is set to begin on part of a £20 million scheme that will improve the power supply to the Norton Lees area of Sheffield.
Contractors for Northern Power Grid will begin work tomorrow (27 June) by digging a 130 metre trench in the road to install 33kv electric cables along Mansfield Road. They will also be working on Manor Lane, Rustlings Road and Beaumont Road North as part of this scheme.


This cabling will connect to the sub-station on Mansfield Road and will guarantee future electricity supply to the Norton Lees area of the city.

The road will be temporarily re-surfaced by next Wednesday (2 July) and the work will be closely monitored every day to ensure it is cleared before the Tour de France weekend. The contractors will return at a later date to complete the final re-surfacing work to the high standard produced by Amey.
This work is part of a Northern Power Grid project, but they did not receive funding approval to carry out the work until after the local roads had been resurfaced.

Cllr Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene, said: “It has been unfortunate that these works could not be carried out before the Streets Ahead resurfacing works were done, but we could not deny Sheffield the opportunity this vast investment that Network Power Grid will bring to the city as a whole.
“We are working as closely as possible with all the utility companies to ensure that, whenever possible, these works are coordinated and the utility companies complete their works before the Streets Ahead works are carried out.

“We have agreed with Northern Powergrid to make sure they surface the road to a high standard. Once the works have been completed the Streets Ahead team will inspect the work to ensure it meets the standards we require.

“The Streets Ahead works means that we will go from having some of the worst roads to having some of the best roads in the country.”

Roderick Stuart of Northern Power Grid added: “This is part of our substantial investment in the electricity network, future proofing it for years to come. We’ve been working together with all parties to ensure the project is carried out efficiently and we’ve made every effort to avoid disturbing roads that have recently been resurfaced.

“All roads affected will be reinstated to a high standard with no visible signs of the work carried out. All work will be completed well before the Tour de France weekend.”

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For further information please contact Warwick Toone, Communications Officer on 07764 659182 or 0114 205 3546. E-mail: warwick.toone@sheffield.gov.uk. For out of office hours media enquiries ring 07711 153995.