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07/07/2011: Work to begin on power tower replacement programme

A £9.5 million investment to upgrade the electricity supply network in the Flixton area has been agreed between Electricity North West and Trafford Council.

The major infrastructure project will involve dismantling and removing 18 electricity towers and miles of overhead powerlines, which will be replaced with new underground cables.

Electricity North West, the company responsible for the region’s power network, will start work on project in October this year and the first phase will involve preparing the route where new cables will be placed underground.

Chris Gaskell, estates manager at Electricity North West, said: “The towers we are removing are at the end of their natural life. Rather than replace them, we have worked with Trafford Council on an alternative scheme which will deliver power to homes and businesses in the area for many years to come.

“The project has the support of the council and residents. Once the new cables have been installed, we will dismantle the towers as soon as possible.”

Electricity North West has planned the project so that disruption for local residents will be minimised as much as possible.  Work will take place in specific phases in to limit the effect of road works on normal traffic flows. The first tower is scheduled to come down in 2012.

Executive Councillor Mike Cornes said: “I am delighted Electricity North West have decided to adopt this approach in Flixton and Davyhulme. Many of our local councillors have worked hard with residents and Electricity North West to ensure the replacement works are suitable for the area.

"I look forward to seeing the project move forward and am confident the foundations laid in developing this working relationship will continue.”

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