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SP Energy Networks reveals £20million upgrade plan for Glasgow Southside's electricity network


To power Glasgow’s future, SP Energy Networks will upgrade more than 55 miles of cabling and 4 substations across Glasgow Southside between 2020 and 2023. This year £7million will be invested to replace ageing 1950s network with modern infrastructure capable of handling the increased demand for electricity.

As the city’s electricity distributor, SP Energy Networks will reinforce the network from Govan to the new riverside Buchanan Wharf development in Tradeston on the south bank of the River Clyde. This will include upgrades across the Gorbals, Govanhill, Pollokshields, Tradeston, Cessnock, Kinning Park, Govan and Ibrox.

For information on road closures, please visit: Powering Glasgow's Future 

Every effort will be made to minimise disruption caused by the upgrade works. The SP Energy Networks team is already active in the area informing residents, commuters and local councillors of upcoming work. A dedicated web page is available to provide the public with ongoing information and updates on how these works may affect them.

Craig Arthur, Distribution Director at SP Energy Networks said: “We’re proud to be powering Glasgow’s future through this £20million investment project. I’d like to thank the local community for their patience and support while we work to modernise their electricity network. This investment will provide long term benefits to support the transition to a low carbon community to help Glasgow become the UK’s first Net Zero City.”

SP Energy Networks owns and manages overhead and underground powerlines in Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales, North Shropshire and Central and Southern Scotland.

For more information about SP Energy Networks and its services, visit: Powering Glasgow's Future

For more information, please contact Fraser Clarke or Lyndsey Taylor-Whitelaw at Stripe Communications by calling 0131 561 8628 or email

Notes to Editor

About SP Energy Networks

SP Energy Networks (SPEN) is the licensed Electricity Distributor (DNO) for Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales, North Shropshire and Central and Southern Scotland. It operates 30,000 substations (one substation for every 100 customers), 40,000km overhead lines (once around the globe), and 70,000km underground cables.

SPEN also operates the Transmission Network in central and southern Scotland. It takes electricity generated from power stations, windfarms and various other utilities and transports it through a vast transmission network, consisting of over 4000 kilometres of overhead and 320 kilometres of underground lines. SPEN has 129 transmission substations in its network to manage extra high voltage electricity supplies.

From 2015 to 2023 SP Energy Networks is investing approximately £7 billion into the electricity network.

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