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04/07/2012: Power lines to be removed in Milnthorpe

Engineering work to replace overhead power lines running along Haverflatts Lane with underground electricity cables is due to start on Monday 23 July.

It is the final phase of a major project by Electricity North West, the company that manages the regional power network, to improve the reliability of the electricity network by installing underground cables to replace the existing overhead lines.

The work, which is scheduled to be complete by the end of August, will mean that the network will be less vulnerable to extreme weather conditions that can cause damage over time, ensuring that the power supply will be even more robust for residents and businesses in the area.

Martin Deehan, Electricity North West’s area manager, said: “Projects like this help to ensure the region’s electricity network is better protected from any external factors that can cause unplanned power cuts, like extreme weather or overhanging tree branches. We work hard to make sure that customers receive the most reliable electricity supply possible.

“We have planned the work carefully so disruption is kept to a minimum and aim to complete the work as quickly as possible. We will continue to update residents on our progress so they can plan ahead in case of any traffic delays.”

Electricity North West has worked closely with Cumbria County Council to schedule the work to avoid busy shopping periods and limit the impact on local traffic. The work has also been timed to coincide with the school holidays when there is reduced traffic to Dallam School nearby.

Signed diversions will be in place on Haverflatts Lane, between 23 July and 31 August, to reroute traffic from the junction on Wyndsore Avenue to the junction on Ryley Fields Road. Shovel Lane will also be closed during this period.

Motorists visiting Milnthorpe market during this time are being advised that they may experience longer than normal journey times.

If anyone living in the Milnthorpe area has any queries about the project, they can call Electricity North West on 0800 195 4141.

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