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05/11/2012: Underground cables help restore scenery to its original beauty

The scenery at Bela Bridge before and afterA £115k project to remove electricity poles and restore the landscape of Arnside and Silverdale AONB to its original beauty has been successfully completed.

Electricity North West, the company that manages and owns the region’s power network, has permanently removed six electricity poles and replaced the overhead lines with 510m of underground cable beneath the River Bela, near Bela Bridge.

Mike Dugdale, programme delivery manager for Electricity North West, said: “Bela Bridge boasts one of the most beautiful landscapes in the North West and we are delighted to have been able to complete this project to help restore it to its original beauty.

“The work in Arnside and Silverdale required great skill to install the new cable beneath the River Bela and we are pleased that we were able to greatly improve the appearance of the area, which can be enjoyed for many years to come.”

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

The project was successfully completed following close working with local landowners, the Environment Agency and the Arnside and Silverdale AONB.

David Askew, Arnside and Silverdale AONB officer, said: “The completion of the undergrounding scheme, which began in March of this year, means the views from the main road coming into the AONB across the Kent Estuary to the Lakeland Fells and beyond are now even more spectacular.”

For more information about Arnside and Silverdale AONB visit www.arnsidesilverdaleaonb.org.uk.

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