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Essential Refurbishment

Beddington to Rowdown

South East

Project description

This project will install a new cable in an existing tunnel.​ In addition, more efficient ventilation and control systems will be installed in each of the tunnel headhouses to keep the cable cool.​ There is a buried cable, at the end of its asset life, that will be removed in due course.

Like other major utilities and companies, National Grid is required to ensure the maintenance of safe, efficient, economic and coordinated electricity and gas networks.

There are four sites along the route, and therefore there are four main locations for National Grid activity.

These are located at Beddington substation, Lloyd Park headhouse, Kent Gate Way headhouse and Rowdown substation. The most visible element of the project, work, installing the cable will take place at Rowdown substation, which is the most eastern of the four sites along the cable route.

Please note, this work won’t affect electricity supplies in the area.

Our neighbours have been informed of essential parking restrictions for cable deliveries to the Rowdown substation. These restrictions are temporary and will always be kept to a minimum. When vehicles make deliveries notices and traffic-calming measures will be out in advance to ensure safety. For any issues regarding these measures, please contact our Community Relations team as normal.

Continuation of critical works during covid-19 outbreak

This project is a key part of the national infrastructure and is essential to the future running of the country’s electricity network. We need to progress with critical construction work in line with current Government guidance.

We have introduced stringent site operating procedures to safeguard workers on site and the local community.We are very grateful to our people who are continuing to work every day, and to the local communities for their support at such a critical time for our country, and into the future.

We are continually reviewing this position with Government to ensure our work is in the best interests of our people as well as the country as a whole

What’s happening near Lloyd Park recreation ground?

A small area of the car park at Lloyd Park will be temporarily leased from the Council for delivery of equipment to be installed at the Headhouse. This small area will be closed to public parking. However, the space used will be minimal and most of the car park will open as usual. 

Rowdown Collections

From time to time we will remove assets no longer required for the project from the Rowdown substation. We will need to restrict some parking to keep these collections safe and on-schedule.

Parking restriction will come into force at the following times:

  • 12pm (midday) to 11.59pm, 27 May

Parking restrictions will be enforced on King Henry’s Drive, Goldcrest Way, Headley Drive, Dunley Drive and Mickleham Way.


Rowdown Map

If any vehicles break the restrictions, they may be moved to a safe location by our vehicle removal truck. This is to avoid traffic disruption, as our delivery lorries will not be able to turn in the road.

Work schedule

The work will take place in four phases:

  • Our surveys will begin at Rowdown and in the tunnel from Winter 2019
  • Cable deliveries will take place monthly from Spring 2019 to Summer 2019 inclusive.
  • Headhouse site activities will be from
  • Rowdown: Jan 2019 – Summer 2020​

  • Beddington: Jan 2019 – Summer 2020​

  • Kent Gateway: Spring 2019 – Summer 2019​

  • Lloyd Park: Summer 2019 – Autumn 2019

National Grid Community Grant Programme

Our Community Grant Programme is aimed at organisations and charities in areas where National Grid’s work impacts on local people through our operations and site activities.

We fund projects run by charities and community groups that meet local community needs by providing a range of social, economic and environmental benefits that are impacted by National Grid and its operations. If your project meets our criteria you can apply for a grant of up to £10,000. To find out more click here.