9th February 2024

National Grid is starting work to replace three existing underground cable routes with two new routes between Pitsmoor, Wincobank and Templeborough substations.

The current cables are approaching the end of their lifecycle and will be replaced by cables which use modern technologies. National Grid has commissioned this work to ensure the continued supply of secure, resilient and reliable electricity to homes and businesses in Sheffield and the surrounding area. The Project will mean that increased electricity demand, both currently and into the future, can be met.

Gemma Harvey-Cole, Lead EPC Project Manager for the Project at National Grid, said:

“This is an extremely important and vital project that will ensure Sheffield and Rotherham maintain a reliable electricity transmission network for the future”.

National Grid has appointed Balfour Beatty as the contractor to carry out these works. Before the main phase of work begins in May 2024, the team will carry out essential survey work in the coming weeks.

The team is working to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum and is taking every step possible to reduce the impact on the local community. As the new cables will be positioned underneath the road network, traffic management will be put in place where needed, but pedestrian access will be unaffected. Many of the surveys will be carried out overnight to reduce disruption further

National Grid and Balfour Beatty are committed to ensuring that local people are kept informed about the works, and know how to get in touch if they have any questions. Communications will be issued to people living and working close to the cable route to share information about how to find out more and how to get in touch.

Members of the public can email or call the community relations team on 0808 175 0206. The project webpage can be accessed at and will be updated regularly. 

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