Repairs to electric cable causes traffic restrictions

A HAVERING road has traffic restrictions while work to an electricity cable takes place.

A HAVERING road has traffic restrictions while work to an electricity cable is carried out.

The high voltage oil filled cable is at A12 Eastern Avenue West, Havering, on the eastbound side.

Urgent works by UK Power Networks (UKPN) started yesterday (Sunday) on the junction of King George Close.

The contractor said it will work around the clock until the cable is repaired.

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A spokeswoman for UKPN said some oil has come out of the cable, but it is contained within an excavation hole.

Engineers are flushing 100 litres of oil through the cable as part of the repair process.

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She said: “As part of this work, we have identified damage to a fluid filled cable and are urgently working on permanent repairs to prevent any further leaking of fluid.

“This includes flushing the cable through with 100 litres of oil, and the biodegradable oil has been contained within the excavation. We are currently removing it from the site.

“We apologise to motorists for the disruption and can assure them we are working to complete our repairs as quickly as possible.”

The work is expected to take a fortnight to complete. Once the cable is fixed there will be a short period with no contractors in site to allow the concrete to set.

Transport for London has put traffic restrictions in place.

They include a lane restriction between Mawney Road and King George Close.

The bus stop between Mawney Road and King George close is closed for safety reasons.

Signs are up in the area warning drivers of the work.

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