28/01/14: Bowland visitor hotspot enhanced as power lines go underground
The natural beauty of Beacon Fell Country Park, which welcomes more than 200,000 visitors a year, has been successfully restored thanks to the removal of electricity poles and power lines.
The region’s power operator, Electricity North West, has invested £20,000 to permanently remove electricity poles and more than 200m of overhead lines which have been a firm fixture in the area for more than 20 years.
The company worked alongside Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Lancashire County Council Countryside Service to successfully replace the power lines with 205m of underground cable to improve the views.
Dan Wagner, programme delivery manager for Electricity North West, said: “The power lines have been a firm fixture in the popular Beacon Fell Country Park for more than 20 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 it will greatly improve the visual appearance of the area which is enjoyed by many walkers throughout the year.”
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.
Elliott Lorimer, Principal AONB Officer for the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, said: “The completion of the project is great news for the Beacon Fell Country Park and the result will be enjoyed by visitors for years to come.
“Throughout the project we’ve worked very closely with Electricity North West and we are delighted that they have removed electricity poles and overhead lines and put them underground to allow people to enjoy our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty even more.”
For more information about Forest of Bowland AONB visit www.forestofbowland.com/home
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