Hull to benefit from £4m Northern Powergrid investment in bid to prevent blackouts

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 19 Jul 2018

Businesses in Hull are to benefit from £4m of investment from Northern Powergrid into the city’s underground power network.

The major investment will ensure Hull continues to receive a reliable electricity supply, and reduce the risk of businesses being plunged into darkness out of the blue.

The work, taking place across the city, is about to enter its second phase, and will see around 6,000m of new underground cables fitted.

Ian Forster, Northern Powergrid’s project manager, is heading up the scheme.

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He said: "Our investment is great news for the city and will mean homes and businesses across Hull continue to benefit from a safe, secure and reliable power supply for decades to come.

"We've already completed the first phase of our improvement works, which has seen 3,100 metres of 33,000 volt cable ducting laid between our Hull South substation on Hessle Road and Porter Street.  

"The second phase of our work is due to start on the 23 July and will see our contractors, O'Connor Utilities, lay a further 2,900 metres of cable ducting.”

Northern Powergrid is responsible for keeping the lights on across the north east, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.

The investment into Hull will also help prepare the city for future demands, as the region sees a continued growth in the use of solar panels, heat pumps and electric cars.

“Work will start near to the southern end of Ferensway, at the junction of Porter Street and Osborne Street,” Mr Forster said.

“The ducting will be laid in the northbound carriageway of Ferensway, with one lane remaining open for traffic at all times. The southbound carriage way will be unaffected.  

"To help reduce disruption we will be carrying out work at the busy Anlaby Road and Margaret Moxon Way junctions either at night or during the weekends."

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Northern Powergrid has written to local people and businesses where the works will take place to share information about the project and investment in the city. 

In June, more than 500 homes in the city were plunged into blackout in east Hull, as homes and businesses lost power for several hours.

It is hoped the £4m investment will help reduce the risk of such incidents in the city in the future.

Anyone with general enquiries about the planned work in Hull can contact O'Connor Utilities 24-hour helpline on 0845 3308615, Northern Powergrid’s customer care team on 0800 781 8848 or by emailing

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