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31/07/13: £3m power upgrade for Lancashire residents

A major £3.8m engineering project to improve the electricity supply to around 16,800 residents in Chorley is under way.

Electricity North West, the company that owns and maintains the regional power network, is putting in place eight kilometres of new improved underground cable between Wrightington and Chorley South.

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 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 worth it.”

There will be four road closures during the project:
• 25th July to 22nd August – Duke Street in Chorley
• 25th July to 8th August – Park Road in Coppull
• 8th August to 22nd August – Queens Street in Chorley
• 22nd August to 29th August – Crown Street in Chorley

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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