Message from Ben Howard:
UKPN have confirmed that the current excavation at Crampton Road has proven unsuccessful in finding the fault they are looking for, however they have found another fault that they were not expecting to find and have now repaired this.
UKPN have completed another further trace of their fault and have dug another excavation close to the one at Crampton Road and are currently trying to locate the issue here. As this excavation is close to the previous hole, UKPN have managed to start the next excavation within the existing traffic management, unlike before where they have had to reinstate before moving onto the next excavation.
My understanding of these urgent works are that oil runs along the cables underground which keeps the cables cool/un-flammable. There is a part of the cable where the oil has leaked from meaning that part of the cables are not able to cool down and could pose a safety risk. It also could result in the cable burning out, putting properties out of power and needing a large section of cable to be replaced. UKPN are searching for the section where the oil has leaked from to ensure that residents are kept in electricity and also due to the safety element.
UKPN have advised that works are still likely to take at least two weeks. Once the fault is finally found, UKPN are proposing approx. two weeks for the repair to be completed, therefore lights may be up longer if the fault is not found within the new excavation.
Ben Howard, Traffic Officer