Southern Electric spend £9m on Hampshire upgrades

Daily Echo: Southern Electric spend £9m on Hampshire upgrades Southern Electric spend £9m on Hampshire upgrades

MORE than £9 million has been pumped into improvements to power lines and equipment in Hampshire, it has been revealed.

It is part of a £90 million project to upgrade the Southern Electric’s regional network in a bid to ensure supplies withstand any severe wintry weather.

Besides improvements to the line network in the Southampton, Romsey, New Forest areas, work has been carried out at electricity substations.

These include sites in Bridge Road and Woodley Lane and Cupernham in Romsey and Edelvale Road, Arden Close, Hatley Road, Crabwood Road, Grove Road and Trafalgar Road in Southampton.

A Southern Electric spokesman said the work included automating local, neighbourhood substations which will allow supplies to be switched to another source quickly if there is a power cut.

“This also helps engineers find the fault that is causing the power cut on the network and more quickly,” added the spokesperson. Southern Electric engineers based at the company’s Castle Malwood depot in Minstead are putting emergency plans in the place so that they can quickly deal with potential power problems should severe weather hit Hampshire this winter.

Operations manager at Castle Malwood, Sally Maynard said: “Our goal is to keep the lights on 24-hours a day, seven days a week but sometimes events outside our control, such as bad weather, can lead to power cuts.

“When this happens, our first priority is to get electricity back to normal as quickly as possible and our staff will work around the clock to do that.

“We have invested millions in making our network more robust and have also made a real effort over recent years to make it easier for customers to access information and communicate with us.” The electricity giant has issued a 24-hour emergency telephone number for the public to call should severe weather result in the loss of power supplies. The number is 08000 727282. People who are disabled or have elderly relatives who rely on power for medical equipment are asked to call the company’s 24-hour priority services number 0800 294 3259 so that they can be added to the register – ensuring that they get a quick response from the priority services team if power supplies go down.

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