13/11/12: Multimillion-pound project brings electricity upgrade to Flixton
A £9.5million investment project to upgrade the electricity network and remove 18 pylons from a Flixton housing estate is to be completed this week.
Electricity North West, the company that owns and operates the regional power network, has replaced 18 electricity pylons and more than five kilometres of overhead powerlines across the area with new underground cables.
The project has been planned in a number of phases to minimise disruption for residents and the company has worked closely with the local council to schedule works and plan essential traffic management.
Bob Law, circuits manager for Electricity North West, said: “We are delighted to be completing this major project which will bring great benefits to the residents of Flixton.
“The powerlines and the pylons have served the area well for many years, some have been in place for more than 80 years, and this work ensures that we can provide a safe, reliable and efficient electricity supply to the area for many years to come.
“I would like to thank residents for their patience during the project and also our engineers for their commitment and hard work.”
4.8km of new underground cable were switched on 29th October and the 12-month project will celebrate the removal of the last 79ft pylon on 16th November.
Local resident Chris Williams, of Crossknowle View, said: “This project is going to make a huge difference to the area. The entire project has run smoothly, there’s been no disruption and the workers have been really good to residents living in the area.
“Not only will our landscape change for the better, but also the electricity supply will be improved, so it’s a double positive for us.”
Councillor June Reilly, said: “We would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to Electricity North West for the speedy and professional manner in which the work was carried out.
“We have lost count of the number of residents who have contacted us to say how pleased they are and how much better the area looks.”
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