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30/08/2012: £1m electricity improvements for Wigan

A major engineering project to improve the electricity supply to more than 20,000 homes and businesses in Wigan has recently started.

Electricity North West, the company that owns and operates the regional power network, is investing £1 million to reinforce the supply by installing improved cables along an eight-kilometre stretch between Hindley Green and Platt Bridge.

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 Wigan 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 more than 50 years ago and it is 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 the local council, Electricity North West has scheduled the 20-week project to minimise disruption as much as possible, with traffic management plans in place.

There will be a temporary closure of Ladies Lane 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 until the end of September:

• Atherton Road
• Liverpool Road
• Walthew Lane

The traffic lights will be controlled manually at peak times to minimise traffic delays. Some work will be carried out on Sundays to avoid mid-week disruption to commuters and the project will be fully completed by the end of November.

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

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