The new station will have six feeder lines that link to the network in Amherst, with additional capacity for two more lines as spares for growth in the future.

The station will provide additional capacity and reliability in areas including Eggertsville, Snyder, North Bailey, Getzville, Swormville, East Amherst and the Village of Williamsville.

National Grid regional executive in the region Dennis Elsenbeck said the investment will meet the growing needs of the company’s customers, and Amherst continues to be a strong growth area.

"Safe and reliable service is always our first priority, but we also invest in our networks as a means to support the investment being made by businesses and residents of the areas we service," Elsenbeck added.

Amherst supervisor Barry Weinstein said, "The addition of the new Frankhauser substation should enable National Grid to meet the growing energy demands of the citizens and businesses in our community."

National Grid has committed to invest over $1.6bn in improving its electric network across upstate New York over the past five years, with further $1.6bn expected in the next three years.