A £16m investment programme lasting 15 months by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) next year is to take place in North Acton which the company says will improve its North West London infrastructure.
Over the 15 months period, the programme will run in two phases starting on 20 January 2023.
SSEN says it will increase capacity and strengthen the power it supplies to 63,000 customers in the area but local residents are concerned about additional noise and disruption that has been ongoing with other major works in the area.
SSEN told EALING.NEWS that: “any potential noise will be minimised through the use of certain construction methods, tools and materials.”
The SSEN works will take place from the A40 between Horn Lane and Victoria Road with day and night weekend work taking place from 20 January 2023 and 26 March 2023.
Following this, further work on Noel Road, Victoria Road and Wales Farm Road will also be taking place which will see traffic management systems being in place.
SSEN’s Project Manager, Euan Hall said:
“My team and I are delighted to be upgrading this important section of North West London’s electricity network; building customers a power supply fit for their needs now and as they move to more low carbon technologies, such as electric vehicles, heat pumps and solar panels. It’s vital that we invest in designing and building networks that are flexible enough to accommodate growing areas and robust enough to stand up to weather events, including winter storms and extreme heat.”
EALING.NEWS spoke to local residents in Victoria Road. One said: “How have they informed residents about it as neither I or my neighbours know anything. With all the work going on with HS2 and the digging, traffic disruption and noise coming from that, one wonders what it is going to be like now with SSEN and its project.”
Another local resident added: “Time and time again, projects and roadworks are taking place with very little communication to residents. Why are we not fuly informed or if we get informed, it is very late.”
In a statement to EALING.NEWS, SSEN said: “As a considerate constructor, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has designed its traffic management for North Acton to create the least possible disruption, while still maintain safe working areas for engineers and safe passage for road users and pedestrians. SSEN is working with Ealing Borough Council to ensure any works by the distribution operator align with other agency projects such as HS2, so traffic will run smoothly.”
It added: “Residents will be informed of any works in the vicinity of their properties and any potential noise will be minimised through the use of certain construction methods, tools and materials.”