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New Essential Infrastructure

Littlebrook substation

South East

The current substation at Littlebrook, Dartford is no longer fit for purpose and a new facility is needed to ensure that we continue to provide a reliable supply of electricity for homes and businesses in the area.

Project description

A substation is an integral part of the UK electrical transmission system, it reduces electricity voltage so that it is easier and safer to deliver electricity to homes and business. This multi-million pound investment will involve the replacement of the substation at Littlebrook, Dartford to ensure that the electricity supply is suitable for generations to come. 

Our work involves building a new substation directly to the south of the existing facility at Littlebrook. The new substation will be designed and built in a considerate manner and with an aim to minimise impact.

The project has been planned in detail with the contractor, Balfour Beatty, and over the coming months, you may see our staff and contractors in the area as we begin our works.

The new substation should be energised by summer 2021 and the new substation and the existing facility will then work in parallel for two years before the old facility is decommissioned. We aim to have the entirety of the works completed by spring 2024.

The majority of work will be carried out between 7.00am – 7.00pm up to seven days a week. However, there are exceptional circumstances where working outside of these may be necessary.


How Will These Works Affect Me?

The aim is that this work will cause as little impact to your daily life as possible. Depending on where you live and work, the effects will differ.

We have worked closely with the statutory authorities and councils to ensure transport and other access issues are managed and coordinated locally to minimise disruption to the community whilst these essential works are completed.

A detailed traffic management plan has been created to manage the volume of extra construction vehicles accessing and egressing the site to ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum.

This work will have no impact on power supplies in the area.


National Grid Community Grant Programme

National Grid have a Community Grant Programme which is aimed at organisations and charities in areas where National Grid’s work impacts on local people through operations and site activities. Projects run by charities and community groups can receive funding if they meet local community needs by providing a range of social, economic and environmental benefits. If your project meets our criteria, you can apply for a grant of up to £10,000. To find out more click here.


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