NIE Networks to commence £300,000 investment project in Newry

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Friday, August 16th, 2019
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Upgrades to the utility infrastructure in Newry City Centre will receive a further boost this month with the commencement of a £300,000 investment project by NIE Networks.

The upgrade project, which is part of NIE Networks’ ongoing investment plan in the network across Northern Ireland, will begin on 19 August and run until the end of November 2019.

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Work will take place on Hill Street towards John Mitchell Place, sections of William Street and both sections of Mill Street.



The work will replace the existing low voltage cable network in advance of the Public Realm Scheme planned for the area. 

Approximately 1.8km of underground mains cable will be laid and NIE Networks engineers will be working with customers to ascertain if any additional work is required at their individual premises.

Each phase will be completed before moving to the next to help minimise the impact on businesses, traffic flow and shoppers in the City Centre.

Speaking to Newry Times, Gary Morton, Project Manager for NIE Networks, said, “Delivering a high standard of service for all our customers is very important to us and we are delighted to commence this project in Newry.



“Our investment will involve the replacement and upgrade of older cables and ensure the continued resilience of the electricity infrastructure in the area.

“NIE Networks has been engaging with businesses and customers directly to inform them about the project including a public information session held last month.”

He continued, “We have been working in partnership with the Department for Communities and the Council, local representative bodies and our customers to make sure the impact on businesses and their customers is kept to a minimum.”

Eamonn Connolly, Manager at Newry Business Improvement District, welcomed the announcement from NIE Networks, “The business community recognises the importance of this much-needed infrastructure upgrade and welcomes NIE Networks’ commitment in bringing this project to the City Centre.

“The project will ensure there are continued opportunities to invest and grow in this vibrant part of the City and it will be a great benefit for local businesses.



“We will continue to work alongside the team at NIE Networks to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum for the duration of the works,” he added.

Work will take place during and outside of normal working hours depending on the phase of the project.

There may be restricted access at certain times and commuters may experience some traffic delays so should leave extra journey time.

Full project details can be found at  



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