Residents and business owners invited to SSEN event outlining development works in Reading

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is inviting residents, businesses and stakeholders to attend an engagement event on 25 November 2019, to find out about the essential works which will enable the development of residential properties on Reading’s Vastern Road.

The event will be held at Caversham Baptist Church , 1 Prospect Street, Reading, RG4 8JB between 17:30 – 19:30 on Monday 25 November 2019, where attendees can talk to SSEN’s team about 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.

Members of SSEN’s project team will be at the event to discuss the project which will commence in 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 explains more: “We’re holding this public engagement event some weeks ahead of these works beginning, as we want to make sure that we give any residents and road users in the vicinity of 55 Vastern Road the opportunity to talk to our team and raise any questions they might have about the works we are doing to accommodate this new development.

"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.

”We’d like to ask anyone who lives and works in the area to take the opportunity to drop in to our event on Monday 25 November.”

All are welcome to attend the event at: Caversham Baptist Church , 1 Prospect Street, Reading, RG4 8JB between 17:30 – 19:30 on Monday 25 November 2019

These planned works will run from 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 www.roadworks.org.