The aim of this £24 million project - one of the largest
ever undertaken in south east England - is to reinforce the network to provide
additional capacity, enhance network capability and increase the security of
supply. This upgrade is essential as it will help keep pace with current and
future electricity demands.
This will be achieved by:
Bicester and the surrounding area have grown rapidly over the last few years and this is expected to continue with the construction of over 10,000 new homes by 2031. The existing electrical infrastructure in this area is almost nearing capacity, so our reinforcement scheme will keep pace with this increase in demand by improving the network that serves residents and businesses in Bicester, Upper Heyford, Cottisford, Arncott, Headington, Yarnton and Witney.
23 October 2017
Our £24 million project to reinforce the electricity supplies of householders and businesses in Bicester and the surrounding areas has reached a key milestone this month, with over 90% of the route now ducted in readiness for the next phase to install, joint and test the cables from end to end for the new underground cable installation. In one of the biggest projects ever undertaken in central southern England and the largest single investment as part of its eight year Business Plan from 2015 to 2023, we will begin work to expand and improve the network that serves the residents and businesses of Bicester, Upper Heyford, Cottisford, Arncott, Headington, Yarnton, and Witney. James Rooney, Project Manager, explains “Delivery of the 113km of cable required for the entire route will continue until the end of January, this will enable us to start jointing of the first sections of cable in November right through into the spring of 2018 to be ready for connection to the new Bicester North substation”As a responsible network operator, our project team is also working closely with the local community as well collaborating with an Archaeologist and tree specialist to ensure works are carried out with sensitivity to the local environment.
Preliminary work has now begun on the £24 million upgrade to reinforce the electrical network around Bicester and the surrounding villages, and boost the resilience of the supply to local residents and businesses.
Hedge clearance and demarcation fencing have already begun on the cable route, with two public meetings being held at locations along the project route to enable members of the local community to ask questions about the upcoming work and how it might affect them
Among the items discussed, our teams talked through traffic easing methods and how we will endeavour to minimise the disruption during the project as much as possible.