04/09/13: Power upgrade under way in Cumbria
A £160,000 project to upgrade the rural overhead powerlines between the villages of Nenthead and Garrigill in Cumbria is now under way.
Engineers from Electricity North West, the company that owns and maintains the regional power network, will be rebuilding 4km of the 11,000 volt power network which has been in place for more than 60 years.
The project, which will be completed by the end of November, will replace more than 40 wooden electricity poles to support the newly upgraded powerlines.
Martin Deehan, area manager for Electricity North West, said: “We’re delighted that the project is now under way in Cumbria.
“We’re dedicated to ensuring that our customers receive the power they need and to do so we proactively replace and upgrade the network where it’s most needed.
“Unfortunately it’s not possible to work on the network without a little disruption, but the long-term benefits for residents and businesses will be worth it.”
A short planned power shutdown could be scheduled during the project, but all those affected will be fully notified beforehand.
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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