Hundreds of residents face disruption as work starts on £1 million upgrade of electricity supply in Scarborough

Work is about to start on a £1 million project to replace more than four miles of high voltage underground electric cable in Scarborough - bringing disruption to hundreds of residents.

By Sue Wilkinson
Tuesday, 3rd November 2020, 1:31 pm

Northern Powergrid, the company which supplies power to the town, said it is necessary to replace the cable which is more than 50 years old.

The work will be carried out by O’Connor Utilities and Murphy Utilities and will involve road closures across the south side of the town - and likely to cause traffic delays.

The route includes sections of Salisbury Street, Seamer Road, Oak Road, Falsgrave Road, Mount Park Road, Cambridge Place, Valley Road, Londesborough Road, All Saints Road, Westover Road, Belgrave Terrace, Westwood, Westbourne Grove, Princess Royal Terrace, Princess Royal Park, Fulford Road and Filey Road.

Northern Powergrid has worked with North Yorkshire County Council to agree the best routes and times for the work to take place.

Work scheduled to take place during August and September is as follows, with the schedule for October onwards due to be confirmed in the coming weeks:

End August – work is taking place at the junction of Scalby Road and Cambridge Place.

End August to mid September – work is taking place along Salisbury Street, where one lane will be closed, but access to homes and businesses will be maintained.

Early to mid September – work is taking place along Cambridge Place from the Scalby Road junction to the junction with Mount Park Road. Again, one lane will be closed, but access to premises will be maintained.

Mid to end September – work is taking place from the junction of Cambridge Place and Mount Park Road to the junction of Falsgrave Road.

Mid to end September – work is taking place along Seamer Road from the junction with Salisbury Street to the traffic lights at the junction with Valley Road.

There are no plans to turn off anyone’s power and it is unlikely that access to premises will be required. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and Northern Powergrid will ensure that any businesses affected can make arrangements to continue to receive their deliveries.

Northern Powergrid says it committed to keeping local people informed and will be writing to anyone directly impacted before work starts along each section of the route.

Mike Hammond, Northern Powergrid’s general manager for the North Yorkshire region, said: “We’re always very aware of the potential impact of our work on people’s everyday lives, which is why we’re doing all we can to support and communicate with local people while we carry out this important investment in Scarborough’s electricity distribution network.

“We’ll be issuing information to all affected customers to explain what we’ll be doing and when. Our letters will also provide details of our free Priority Services Register, which offers extra support to customers who may be more vulnerable.”

“While we progress with our work in Scarborough, we’ll be following latest Public Health and the Government advice to keep our employees, contractors and customers safe and our work will be carried out in line with the latest Covid-19 health and safety guidance.

"With this in mind, we’re asking customers not to approach our teams if they see them working unless it’s an electricity emergency – and, if they do, to always maintain social distancing.”

People can also find out more about the Northern Powergrid investment work by visiting the dedicated Scarborough pages on the company’s website at or contacting the company’s customer care team by calling 0800 011 3332.

The network operator is also available 24/7 on Facebook and Twitter.