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14/03/13: Wigan residents set to benefit from £1m electricity improvements

A major engineering project to improve the electricity supply to more than 11,000 homes and businesses in Wigan has recently started.

Electricity North West, the company that owns and operates the regional power network, is investing £1 million to reinforce the power supply by installing improved underground cables along a seven-kilometre stretch between Ashton-in-Makerfield and Pemberton in Wigan.

The project, which started on the 7th January, will enhance the power delivered to customers by replacing the cables which have been in place for more than 50 years, with new more reliable and efficient cables.

Ian Greenwood, programme delivery manager for Electricity North West, said: “This is a major power line for the Wigan area, supplying a large number of local residents and business owners.

“Demand on the line has grown significantly since the original cables were put in more than 50 years ago and it is essential that these new cables are installed to secure this supply for many years to come.

“Although we have planned the project with our customers in mind, there could be a little disruption, but the long-term benefits will be well worth it.”

Working closely with the local council, Electricity North West has scheduled the 20-week project to minimise disruption as much as possible, with traffic management plans in place.

Temporary traffic lights will be installed on Holmes House Avenue, Pemberton Road and Billing Road while the essential work is carried out until the end of June.

The traffic lights will be controlled manually at peak times to minimise traffic delays. Some work will be carried out on Sundays to avoid mid-week disruption to commuters.

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

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