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05/09/13: £450,000 upgrade for Wigan’s electricity network

A major engineering project to improve the electricity supply to more than 5,000 homes and businesses in Wigan is now under way.

Electricity North West, the company that owns and operates the regional power network, is investing £450,000 to reinforce the power supply by installing 4km of improved cables between Shevington and Standish.

The new cables will help improve the quality of supply as they are more reliable and easier to repair in case of a fault, meaning faster reconnections and less disruption for residents.

Mark Williamson, area manager at Electricity North West, said: “We are dedicated to ensuring our customers receive a reliable and efficient power supply now and for many years to come. To do this we must work hard to proactively upgrade the network across the North West.

“We hope drivers and residents in Wigan understand the need for this essential project and we promise to keep any disruption to a minimum.”

The 16-week project started last month and temporary traffic lights will be installed on the following roads while the work is carried out:
• Greenland Close
• Green Lane
• School Lane
• Almond Brook
• Arbour Lane
• Shevington lane
• Miles Lane
• New Miles Lane

Some work will be carried out on Sundays to avoid mid-week disruption to commuters and the project will be fully completed by the end of November.

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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