Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) recently co-ordinated a traditional ‘groundbreaking’ event to mark the start of work on the National Grid 400kV substation and UK Power Networks new grid substation which will increase the Biggleswade’s electrical capacity.
Both of these complexes will see electrical power drawn from existing high voltage overhead power lines that cross the site north of Dunton Lane and then transform that power into lower voltage to power local homes and businesses.
A CBC spokesperson said: “With growing demand for electricity from residents and local businesses, this new substation will help ensure the future of the region.
“It will access more electricity from the national grid to maintain a reliable electricity supply, support future investment in Biggleswade and help local communities move towards a low carbon economy.”
Cllr Richard Wenham, leader of Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “This new electrical substation will meet the growing energy needs of our region and provide essential energy to support new homes, business opportunities and jobs.
“As we seek to do our part for the planet and more and more people turn to electric vehicles or clean energy to heat their homes, the new substation will help reduce CO2 emissions.”
Mark Beasley, Project Director for National Grid, said: “National Grid invests around £1 billion each year in the electricity transmission system, delivering the world’s fastest decarbonizing electricity network with world-class reliability. .
“We are delighted to be part of this project, to connect and increase the electricity capacity of Biggleswade, to support investment in the town and to enable a secure supply of electricity in the region for decades to come.
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UK Power Networks program manager Geraint Hancock said: “The start of construction at the site is an important milestone and is the culmination of 18 months of design, surveys, studies and consultations. thorough.
“We have designed a project with National Grid that will make Biggleswade’s power grid future-ready. The construction work will take around three years to complete with energizing planned for winter 2024.”
The project is part of an overall CBC initiative designed to provide “meaningful” benefits to the existing community and support the planned housing growth of approximately 3,000 homes in the east of the city.
The council has secured £70m of government funding through the Homes England housing infrastructure fund for a number of projects, including this electricity project.
The funding also supports education, provides a new transport interchange at Biggleswade station and creates a new bridge north of Biggleswade where the popular Green Wheel Bridleway crosses the East Coast Mainline.
The CBC spokesperson added: “This will provide people with a safer and more accessible way to cross the train tracks.”
More information on these housing infrastructure projects can be found at: www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/biggleswade
The Housing Infrastructure Fund is administered and monitored by the government’s housing agency, Homes England. The scheme is helping to deliver up to 300,000 new homes across England by providing grants to local authorities for new infrastructure, to unlock homes in areas where housing demand is greatest.