Race against time for Eccles electricity substation extension

Eccles substation
Eccles substation

Time is running out for Scottish Power Transmission to complete Eccles substation extension to meet its planned August outage date.

As a result they have requested and been granted permission to work an extra three hours a day to 8pm Mondays and Fridays during July and August.

The original planning consent, granted in July 2013, restricted construction times to 8am-5pm to keep disruption to neighbours to a minimum and two nearby residents opposed the temporary extension.

On Monday Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee were told by Scottish Power Transmission: “If works are not complete by the end of the planned outage in August then works will be suspended until another outage is available. There are no more planned outages until mid – late 2016 at the earliest.

“The additional hours would allow a number of critical tasks to be completed prior to the end of the outage period, allowing the new compounds to be connected to the transmission network.”

Councillors agreed to the additional working hours until the end of August.