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19/02/14: £600,000 power upgrade for Preston residents

A major £600,000 engineering project to improve the electricity supply to around four thousand residents in Preston is now under way. £600,000 power upgrade for Preston residents

Electricity North West, the company that owns and maintains the regional power network, is putting in place 1.6 kilometres of new improved underground cable between Crown Street and St Mary’s Street North in Preston.

The project, which is due to be completed by May, will 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: “Delivering a reliable power supply across the North West is our top priority and 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 there is no way to install underground cables without some disruption, but I hope drivers and residents in the area understand the need for this vital project and we promise to keep any disruption to a minimum.”

There will be four road closures during the project:
• East Street – 5th to 10th March.
• St Mary’s Road North – 21st to 24th March and 25th to 26th March
• St Mary’s Street – 27th March to 1st April.
• Crown Street – 4th – 8th April.

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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