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20/03/14: More overhead powerlines removed along the Solway coast

A £20k project to remove electricity powerlines and restore the coastline of Mawbray on the Solway coast to its original beauty has been successfully completed. Solway Coast in Cumbria before the powerlines were removed by Electricity North West

Electricity North West, the company that manages and owns the region’s power network, has permanently removed four electricity poles and replaced 230m of overhead lines which have been in place for more than 60 years with underground cable.

The company, which last year also removed 1km of overhead power lines in the area, worked alongside the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Natural England to successfully replace the powerlines with 240m of underground cable to improve views.

The scheme was also planned to ensure all excavation work was completed before the end of the hibernation period of the protected Natterjack toads this month.

Mike Dugdale, programme delivery manager for Electricity North West, said: “We’re delighted to have removed these overhead powerlines in this beautiful area of Cumbria to help further enhance the area’s natural beauty.

“We understand that powerlines can stand out and we work with AONBs and National Park Authorities to consider schemes that will successfully improve the visual appearance of an area.

“By removing overhead lines and placing them underground we are also providing the local area with a more reliable and efficient supply of electricity as the new cables will not be susceptible to bad weather and strong winds.”

Solway Coast in Cumbria after Electricity North West removed overhead powerlines

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.

Rose Wolfe, assistant manager for Solway Coast AONB, said: “We’re pleased that more powerlines have been removed from the Solway and the results will be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike for many years to come.

“Throughout the project we’ve worked very closely with Electricity North West and we are delighted that they were also able to work to ensure the protection of the local Natterjack toads.”

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