Power cable work to temporarily close road in Shepway
Work to lay a high voltage electricity cable between Kent and northern France has reached the next phase, requiring phased closures of a local road.
Kennett Lane, at the junction of Stone Street, in Stanford, will close on 9 April for an estimated 30 days.
The work will be undertaken in phases, with traffic diversions in place. Residents are being informed ahead of the work starting. Following a meeting Stanford North Parish Council, ElecLink – the organisation responsible for the cable – commissioned contractor Balfour Beatty to undertake the temporary repair of potholes on both diversion routes either side of the closure.
When the project is completed, the ElecLink power cable will transmit 1,000MW of electricity between the UK and France via the Channel Tunnel, enough power for 1.6 million homes in either country.
Steve Dhillon, project manager for ElecLink, said: “Due to the narrowness of the road, and working closely with Kent County Council, it has been decided it is necessary to implement a temporary road closure for the safety of both the road users and the construction workers.
“We have tasked Balfour Beatty with undertaking the work as quickly as possible in order to provide the least possible disruption for local residents and businesses.
“They have assured us that all care and attention will be given to the work in relation to the grass verges and reinstatement of the cable trench.”
The UK section of the cable’s route runs 14km, from the Folkestone entrance of the Channel Tunnel to the National Grid’s substation at Sellindge, primarily over farmland and the A20.
For further information about the construction programme, visit www.eleclink-kent.co.uk or call the 24-hour helpline on 0345 711 4141.