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09/03/12: Major electricity project for Wasdale due to start

Work on the £1million investment project to reinstate and help secure future electricity supplies for residents in Wasdale Head is due to start on March 13, confirms Electricity North West.

The company, which maintains the regional power network, will set to work installing 1.2km of electricity cable under the lakeshore road leading to the village to reconnect residents to the mains supply.

In response to conversations with residents in the area, engineers will make every effort to keep the road open throughout the project to allow access to homes and local businesses. There will also be emergency measures in place to allow traffic through in case the road does need to be closed.

During the works all of local businesses will remain open as normal.

Jane Fleetwood, response manager for Electricity North West, said: "Our priority is to give the residents of Wasdale a reliable electricity network and to ensure that when the power is reinstated it stays on.

"It’s a complicated engineering project but it will provide a long-term solution for the electricity network, so we can tackle any future maintenance work without inconveniencing people in the area."

Having the cable installed underneath the land, rather than the Wast Water Lake where it currently lies, will ensure the network is more accessible. This means Electricity North West can repair any unexpected faults faster and any future upgrades to the supply can be made with minimal disruption to residents.

Jane added: "Every effort will be made to ensure this work is carried out as safely, quickly and efficiently as possible and we will be in constant contact with residents to keep them up to date with the project.

"We would also like to thank the National Trust, as the main landowner and landscape manager, for their continued help and support."

Due to the challenging nature of the engineering work importance of protecting the scenic landscape, Electricity North West has worked closely with residents, land owners and local businesses in Wasdale as well as the National Trust, Lake District National Park, Copeland Borough Council, Cumbria County Council to agree the plan.

Electricity North West has pledged that work will not take place over the Easter bank holiday.

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