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06/10/11: Investment work begins on Flixton power network

A multimillion-pound investment project to upgrade the electricity supply network has now started in the Flixton area.

The major infrastructure project will involve dismantling and removing 18 electricity pylons 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, is starting work on the first phase of the project which will involve preparing the route where new cables will be placed underground. This has commenced on Woodhouse Road and Valley Road, with residents affected by the work being informed through direct correspondence from the company.

Electricity North West circuits manager Bob Law said: “The pylons have served the area well for many years however this work must now be done to ensure that it continues to do so as part of our commitment to improve the electricity supply.

“We are speaking to the council and residents about the work, and will try to keep disruption to a minimum.”

Executive Councillor Mike Cornes said: "I am delighted to see work beginning on this major project which will have benefits both in terms of the future electricity supply and improvements to the landscape for local residents."

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. Once the undergrounding of cables is complete, the first pylon is scheduled to come down in 2012.

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