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17/10/2012: £750k project restores mains electricity supply to remote Cumbrian village

A complex operation to restore mains electricity to a picturesque village in the Lake District was successfully completed yesterday (Tuesday 16 October). Mains electricity to the picturesque village of Wasdale Head has now been restored

Eleven properties in the secluded valley of Wasdale Head have been supplied with electricity from generators since Christmas Eve after a fault occurred on a power cable that runs through Wastwater.

The fault was repaired by placing 1.6km of bespoke cable under Wastwater, England’s deepest lake, and replacing the faulty cable which has been supplying the beauty spot with electricity since 1977.

Martin Deehan, area manager for Electricity North West, said: “I’m delighted that we have successfully restored mains power to this beautiful area. This has been a long-term project with all sorts of challenges – there is no easy way to get mains power to such a unique and remote part of the UK.

“Although we restored power to residents the same day as the fault by providing generators, it’s taken a lot of planning and background work with local residents and businesses, as well as the council, National Trust and Natural England to find a permanent solution. I’d like to thank the residents and businesses for their patience, and our engineers for their efforts.”

Georgina Wrathall, manager at the Wasdale Head Inn said: “We’re over the moon that mains electricity has been restored and the generators have been turned off. Disruption has been kept to a minimum throughout the project so we have been able to stay fully open throughout, as have the rest of the businesses in the valley.

“We we are delighted that a permanent solution is now in place.”

Wasdale Head, which was voted Britain’s Favourite View by a major ITV television series in 2007, was first connected to the mains electricity network 35 years ago by a cable that ran on the bed of the 79-metre-deep lake. The initial plan to restore mains power by laying a cable under the road that runs alongside Wastwater was found to be not technically possible due to the ground conditions.

For more information on the project, go to www.enwl.co.uk/wasdale.

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