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19/08/2011: Pylon maintenance in Oldham

An electricity pylon in Chadderton will be undergoing essential maintenance work over the coming weeks, which will involve the complete replacement of its 60-year-old steel arms.

Electricity North West, the company that connects the region to the power grid, will be working with contractors Balfour Beatty to carry out the replacement and has advised residents in Winchester and Selby Avenues of essential road closures while the work is completed.

The project will start on Tuesday 23 August and is due to be completed by Monday 29 August. Engineers will work around live lines so that power will not need to be cut to residents, however the streets will need to be closed to cars and other vehicles, to allow the work teams access with their crane and platform lift. Residents will still be able to access their properties, but will need to park on neighbouring roads.

Electricity North West has worked closely with Oldham Council to ensure residents have been kept informed of the planned work and experience minimum disruption. The company has already contacted residents in the area, along with Balfour Beatty, and will be on hand throughout the project to answer any questions.

Electricity North West circuits manager, Bob Law, said: “The tower has served the area well for many years, however this work must now be done to ensure that it continues to do so. We will ensure the replacement is carried out as swiftly as possible so that residents can return to their usual routine quickly, and thank everyone in advance for their co-operation.”

If anyone living in Winchester Avenue or Selby Avenue, or any of the surrounding streets, has any queries about the project, they are advised to call Electricity North West on 0800 048 1820.

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