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12/10/2012: Peak District scenery given new lease of life as power lines are removed

The natural beauty of Tideswell Moor in the Peak District has been successfully restored thanks to the completion of a £122,000 major project by Electricity North West.Overhead power lines removed in Tideswell Moor giving the landscape a new lease of life

The company, which manages and owns the regional power network, has permanently removed 17 electricity poles and more than 1.3km of overhead lines which have been a firm fixture in the area for almost 50 years.

Electricity North West worked alongside the Peak District National Park to successfully replace the power lines with 1.6km of underground cable to improve views. The cable will also be less vulnerable to damage and extreme weather conditions.

Ian Greenwood, programme delivery manager for Electricity North West, said: “Tideswell Moor is one of the area’s most beautiful landscapes and we are delighted to have been able to complete this major project to help restore it to its natural beauty.

“Not only will it greatly improve the visual appearance of Tideswell Moor, but by removing 1.3km of overhead lines and placing it underground means we are also providing the local area with a more reliable and efficient supply of electricity for many years to come.”

The work forms part of a £5.4m five-year project to replace lines identified as being most visually intrusive within the National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the North West.

Martin Burfoot, landscape architect for the Peak District National Park and electricity undergrounding project officer, said: "We are delighted to witness the removal of these overhead lines and poles which dominated views across this area of Tideswell Moor for many years.

"We've worked very close with Electricity North West throughout the project and we are very pleased that this has significantly enhanced the landscape of the area for drivers and walkers alike."

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