SSEN will start essential works in January to enable Reading residential development

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is updating residents, businesses and stakeholders on the essential works which will enable the development of residential properties on Reading’s Vastern Road.

A public engagement event has already been held locally, where SSEN's project team updated attendees on the diversion of underground cables and the relocation of the two substations at 55 Vastern Road to allow for the new building development on the site.

SSEN can now confirm the project will commence on Friday 10 January 2020 with initial excavation works on Lynmouth Road and a section of Vastern Road to allow for the diversion of the underground cables. 

The works on Lynmouth Road will be carried out under a temporary traffic management system on Lynmouth Road itself and part of Vastern Road in order to ensure the safety of road users, pedestrians and workers.

SSEN’s Project Manager, Emmanuel Aliu said: "The project and the traffic management system has been carefully planned to minimise disruption to road users and reduce any possible noise levels for local residents.

"SSEN will continue to work with local stakeholders, Reading Borough Council, HIghways and the site developer for the duration of these works." 

These planned works will run from 10 January 2020 to late March 2020. As a considerate constructor, SSEN will endeavour to carry out this required project with as minimal an impact as possible and fully understands the importance of minimising disruption, enhancing safety and enabling the provision of a safe and reliable supply for this future development.

Wherever possible, SSEN works with partners and authorities to carry out collaborative working to ensure that planned projects can be executed in the same area at the same time. These essential works are to enable the development of the site at 55 Vastern Road and are not connected to any previous upgrade works in the locale, and as a result has not allowed for collaborative working in this instance.

Any impact on local traffic – as a result of these works – will be mainly on Vastern Road where a traffic management including a lane closure and temporary signals will be in place for a part of the project. Dates of this system being in place will be issued nearer the time and those using the roads in the area are advised to check for latest updates on