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25/01/12: Installation work begins on new Flixton power network

Engineering work to remove pylons and overhead electricity lines from a Flixton estate and replace them with underground cables has reached the next stage.

Engineers from Electricity North West have started installing underground equipment on Davyhulme Road and Valley Road with the new cables scheduled to begin installation in March.

Electricity North West has planned the project in a number of phases to minimise disruption for residents and the company has worked closely with the local council to schedule works and plan essential traffic management. There are no road closures due to take place however temporary traffic lights will be in place along Davyhulme Road.

The work is part of a £9.5m project to reinforce the power supply in the area and also involves the removal of 18 electricity towers and more than five kilometres of overhead powerlines.

The project is due to be completed by December 2012 with engineers scheduled to start building new terminal towers to allow the transition of overhead lines to underground cables in February. This initial work will take place in non-residential areas with work to remove cables that cross over residential properties not due to start until later in the year.

Electricity North West is speaking to residents in advance of this work and is assuring customers that there will be no disruption to their power supply.

Bob Law, circuits manager for Electricity North West, said: “The work in Flixton is great news for residents. We need to renew the lines and we hope that our plans to put them underground is welcomed, despite the fact that it will of course cause some short-term disruption.

“The project is progressing into the installation phase and we will continue to keep residents informed and work efficiently to minimise disruption at all phases of the project.”

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