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15/06/12: Major electricity improvements to start in St Helens

A major engineering project to improve the electricity supply to more than 20,000 homes and businesses is due to start on Monday 18 June.

Electricity North West, the company that maintains the regional power network, is investing £400,000 to reinforce the supply by installing improved cables along a three kilometre stretch of Garswood Road.

The new cables are designed to manage larger quantities of electricity which is essential as demand increases in the area. They are also more reliable and easier to repair and reconnect in case of a fault, meaning faster reconnections and less disruption for residents.

Mark Williamson, area manager at Electricity North West, said: “This is a major power line for the St Helen’s area, supplying a large number of local residents and business owners.

“Demand on the line has grown significantly since the original cables were put in over 50 years ago and it’s essential that these new cables are installed to secure this supply for the future.

“We hope that drivers and residents will bear with us while we get this work done.”

Working closely with St Helens Borough Council, Electricity North West has scheduled the 14-week project to minimise disruption as much as possible, with traffic management plans in place.

There will be a temporary closure of Garswood Road while a major part of the work takes place. Traffic lights will also be installed on the following roads while the essential work is carried out:

  • Billinge Road
  • Liverpool Road
  • Tithebarn Road

The traffic lights will be controlled manually at peak times to minimise traffic delays. Work will be carried out on Sundays on Liverpool Road to avoid mid-week disruption to commuters.

If anyone living in the St Helens area has any queries about the project, they are advised to call Electricity North West on 0800 195 4141.

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