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25/04/13: Beauty spot enhanced as power lines move underground

Overhead power lines move underground along the Solway Coast in Cumbria

The beautiful coastline of Solway, in Cumbria has been successfully enhanced thanks to the removal of electricity poles and overhead power lines.

Electricity North West, the company that manages and owns the region’s power network, has invested more than £100,000 to permanently remove 12 electricity poles and almost 1km of overhead power lines which have been a firm fixture along the Solway coast for almost 50 years.

The company worked alongside Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to successfully replace the power lines with 1.2km of underground cable to improve views. The cable will also be less vulnerable to damage and extreme weather conditions.

Mike Dugdale, programme delivery manager for Electricity North West, said: “Solway Coast is well-known for its beautiful sunsets and we are delighted to have been able to complete and invest in this vital project to help further enhance the area’s natural beauty.

“Not only will this improve the visual appearance of the Solway, but by removing almost 1km of overhead lines and placing it underground means we are also providing the local area with a more reliable and efficient supply of electricity for many years to come.”

The work forms part of a £5.4m five-year project to replace lines identified as being most visually intrusive within the National Parks and AONBs in the North West.

Rose Wolfe, assistant manager for Solway Coast AONB, said: “The completion of the project is great news for the Solway and the result will be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike for many years to come.

“Throughout the project we’ve worked very closely with Electricity North West and we are delighted that they have removed electricity poles and overhead lines and put them underground to allow people to enjoy our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty even more.”

For more information about Solway Coast AONB visit
www.solwaycoastaonb.org.uk.

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