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16/01/13: £2m power upgrade for Oldham residents

A major £2.3m engineering project to improve the electricity supply to more than 8,000 Oldham residents is soon to get under way.

Electricity North West, the company that owns and maintains the regional power network, is putting in place over 3.8 kilometres of new improved underground cable between Royton and Shaw from 19 January.

The 16-week project will boost the power delivered to customers by replacing the aging cables, which have been serving homes for more than 50 years, with new more reliable and efficient 33,000-volt cables.

Tim Groom, major projects manager for Electricity North West, said: “This project will help secure the supply of electricity to local residents and businesses for many years to come.

“It is vital that we replace and upgrade these cables, which have been in place for many years, to ensure customers receive the power they need.

“Unfortunately it’s not possible to work on underground cables without a little disruption, but the long-term benefits for residents and businesses will be well worth it.”

Working closely with the local council, Electricity North West has scheduled the project to minimise disruption as much as possible.

There will be a temporary closure of High Street near the junction of Crompton Way, from 19 January until 20 January and diversions will be in place. Work will also affect the Royton area around Edge Lane Street, Blackshaw Lane, Water Street and Oldham Road. Then work will take place along Oldham Road towards Crompton Way and Linney Lane in Shaw.

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

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