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28/12/11: New Year upgrade to Garstang power network

The final phase of a project to improve the electricity network in the Garstang area is due to begin in the New Year.

Electricity North West, the company that manages the power network in the region, will start work in Garstang town centre on Monday 9 January to reinforce the town’s electricity supply.

The project, which is scheduled to be completed in March, involves replacing power cables running underneath a number of streets in and around the town centre.

To minimise disruption for residents and businesses, Electricity North West has worked closely with Lancashire County Council to schedule works to avoid busy shopping periods and limit the impact on local traffic.

Two signed diversions will be in place on the A6 and Lancaster Road to re-route traffic when Croston Road is closed from High Street to Park Hill Road between 9 and 18 January.

A number of local bus services will also be affected but pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

Motorists visiting Garstang market on Thursday 12th January and Thursday 19th January are being advised that they may experience longer than normal journey times.

Eamon Robinson, project engineer at Electricity North West, said: “The first phase of the project to reinforce the Garstang network involved work outside the town centre and was completed on schedule with minimum disruption. We have planned the next phase of the project carefully and aim to complete the work as quickly as possible.”

Ian Welsby, head of highways area north for Lancashire County Council, said: "Electricity North West has been working closely with us on the traffic management throughout the project and we continue to work with the company to do everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum.

“As the project moves into Garstang town centre, residents can expect longer journey times due to the necessary traffic management. It is important that Electricity North West is keeping residents and businesses in the area up to date with project as this allows them to plan for any delays caused.”

If anyone living in the Garstang area has queries about the project, they are advised to call Electricity North West on 0800 048 1820.

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