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19/08/13: Power operator helps restore scenery to its original beauty

The Kentmere landscape before and after the project was completed by Electricity North West
A £92k project to remove electricity powerlines and restore the landscape of Kentmere in Cumbria to its original beauty has been successfully completed.

Electricity North West, the company that manages and owns the region’s power network, has permanently removed nine electricity poles and replaced 600m of overhead lines with underground cable between Scales and Hartrigg.

The company worked alongside the Lake District National Park to successfully replace the powerlines with 700m 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: “The powerlines have been a firm fixture in Kentmere for more than 50 years and we’re delighted to have helped restore the area to its natural beauty.

“The project required great skill to install the new cable and not only will this improve the visual appearance of the area, but it will also provide 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 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the North West.

Chris Greenwood, landscape architect for Lake District National Park, said: “The completion of the project is great news for Kentmere and the result will be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike for many years to come.”


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