Northern Powergrid is preparing to carry out a programme of work with the aim of ensuring the local network in Harrogate has capacity to support future demand, as the population grows and more electricity is needed to power homes, local businesses and transport.

The company, which is responsible for the network for eight million customers in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, said Harrogate needs this investment as the demand on the town’s power network is predicted to increase significantly between now and 2050.

So, how will this impact Harrogate?

From now until summer 2025, Northern Powergrid’s contractor OCU will be working in the roadway, footpath and along grass verges to lay new underground electricity cables. They’re also upgrading several local substations to create capacity for new connections and economic growth.

The work will involve some temporary road closures, the use of multi-way traffic lights and suspension of on-street parking at times.

The map above shows where Northern Powergrid will be working around Harrogate, but the team said they will provide updates as the programme progresses. You can also search for the latest information on – the national database of current and planned utility works.

Access will be provided for businesses and residents in the areas they are working and signposted diversion routes will be in place for any temporary road closures. Northern Powergrid said it is not planning to turn off anyone’s power and it’s unlikely they will need to enter premises. They will also maintain pedestrian access at all times and will work with businesses to ensure they can continue to receive deliveries as usual.

If you’d like to find out more before the work starts, Northern Powergrid is hosting a drop-in session for Harrogate businesses, where you’ll be able to meet the team and contractor, OCU. This will be held on Tuesday 23 April 2024 at The Thackwray Suite, The Crown Hotel, Crown Place, Harrogate, HG1 2RZ. You can call in to meet the team any time between 4pm and 6.30pm to find out more information on the programme.