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12/08/2011: Electricity improvements for Poynton

The final phase of works to upgrade the electricity network for homes and businesses in Poynton begins next week (Saturday, August 20).

Electricity North West’s contractor, Murphy, will begin works along London Road South close to the new mini roundabout at Dickens Lane at 8am, moving north towards Georges Road West and aims to complete it within a few days.

To minimise disruption to residents, the work will run simultaneously with works already being carried out in the area to improve the road layout.

Murphy’s engineers will work 12-hour shifts to help minimise inconvenience, and working closely with Cheshire East Council, will use existing temporary traffic lights, together with manned stop-go signs, to positively regulate traffic flow.

A ‘buddy’ system, to offer pedestrians help in crossing the road, is also being adopted if needed.

Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said: “The key priority is to get these vital works completed whilst minimising disruption as much as possible and I thank residents and businesses in advance for their patience.

“The aim is to install cable upgrades and minimise the potential for electrical failure in Poynton village in the run-up to winter.”

The work will take place on London Road South between Dickens Lane and George’s Road West and is scheduled, depending on weather conditions, to take place from 8am to 8pm Saturday and Sunday and from 7.30am until 8pm on weekdays if so required.

The reinforcement work on the electricity network will ensure that if there is a power cut, residents and businesses will be able to have their supplies restored quicker.

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