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Electric connections for retail carts at key stations across London

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VolkerSmart Technologies has begun independent connection provider (ICP) works to power retail carts outside train and bus stations for Transport for London (TfL). The works began on 5 January 2021 and are due to complete at the end of March 2021.

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VolkerSmart Technologies, the Smart Cities initiative from highways service provider VolkerHighways, is providing ICP works for pop-up retail carts outside approximately 30 TfL tube, train and bus stations.

The works will include creating concrete plinths, installing DNO feeder pillars and a single-phase metered service, as well as private trenching and the installation of Mennekes feeder pillars and internal gear. The team will also install metering and commission the use of electrics.

The works will allow retail cart owners to set up right outside busy London train or bus stations, with easy power accessibility, needed to run their stalls. Works began with Turnpike Lane underground station, with the others following soon afterwards.

The project has faced a number of challenges since beginning in January, due to the complex nature of the works. This has included working with LV mains in public facing sites, as well as ensuring Covid-19 measures are adhered to at locations which still have members of the public travelling through daily.

Gavin Mckechnie, VolkerSmart Technologies’ contracts manager, said: “This is an exciting project to be working on, on behalf of our client, Cubic, for TfL. At a time when our lives are so fast paced, the ICP works will provide the public with an easy ‘grab and go’ service at stations across London. We look forward to working on any other opportunities that come our way.”

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