Local businesses briefed on grid upgrade project

04 May 2012

Map of affected areaTi Rakau Drive businesses in East Tamaki have a better idea of how they could be affected by Transpower’s North Auckland and Northland (NAaN) grid upgrade project when work gets underway later this year.

Representatives from the NAaN project team met with members of the Greater East Tamaki Business Association to provide an overview of the project and explain how traffic and access to businesses would be managed.

Proposed traffic management maps showing an indication of where work will take place were well received. There may be some variation in these maps once construction activity gets underway.

Project Director Paul Duffy said it was a great opportunity for Transpower to get a clear and direct understanding of business owners concerns.

“Some disruption and traffic delays during construction works are unavoidable but we want to ensure we minimise these and manage them as best as we can.”

Mr Duffy said he was encouraged by the level of support from the local community and their appreciation the work is part of an essential upgrade to the region’s power supply.

Construction will get underway later this year and will take approximately 11 months to complete. During this time Transpower has in place a dedicated community liaison manager who will meet regularly with businesses to give them advance notification of works and to ensure any issues arising are quickly resolved.

Mr Duffy said signage will be provided alerting customers how to access a business should the normal access be temporarily affected. There will also be advertising advising the wider community of potential traffic delays and other project information.