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25/06/13: Ormskirk set to benefit from £1.9m electricity upgrade

More than 8,000 residents will benefit from a £1.9 million major project to upgrade the local electricity network in Ormskirk.

Six kilometres of new improved underground cable between Vicarage Lane in Ormskirk and Spa Lane in Skelmersdale is being installed by Electricity North West, the company that owns and operates the regional network.

The project, which is due to be completed in August, will successfully replace oil-filled cables which have been in place for around 50 years, with new environmentally-friendly and efficient cables.

Tim Groom, major projects manager for Electricity North West, said: “This project is vital to ensure local residents and businesses in Ormskirk continue to benefit from a reliable and efficient supply of electricity now and in the future.

“The investment shows our commitment to upgrading the network across the region by replacing cables which have been in place since the 1960s with new improved electricity cables.

“We have worked closely with the local council to keep any disruption to a minimum throughout the project.”

There will be three road closures during the project:
• 3rd June to 3rd July – Vicarage Lane in Ormskirk to School Lane in Westhead
• 3rd June to 28th June – Dicks Lane in Westhead to Spa Lane in Skelmersdale
• 1st July to 9th August – Ruff Lane, at the junction of Knowsley Road to the junction of Vicarage Lane
• Work will be carried out on Wigan Road in Westhead at weekends and in school holidays

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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