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14/04/14: Power boost set for Fylde Coast

A £700k project to upgrade the local electricity network to more than 1,400 homes and businesses in Stalmine, Hambleton and surrounding areas got under way last week. A £700k project to upgrade the local electricity network to more than 1,400 homes and businesses in Stalmine, Hambleton and surrounding areas is now under way 

Electricity North West, the company that owns and maintains the regional power network, is installing 4.2km of new improved underground cable between Park Farm and Ned’s Lane.

The project will help improve the quality of supply as the new electricity cables are more reliable and the network at Stalmine will become separated from Hambleton and Out Rawcliffe which will reduce any possible impact on customer power supplies.

Mike Dugdale, capital programme manager for Electricity North West, said: “We are delighted to start this major project to ensure our customers receive a reliable and efficient power supply now and for years to come.

“Unfortunately, the network was vulnerable to power outages due to severe weather affecting the overhead powerlines in the area, but the new cables will help reduce the impact of any potential power outages in the future.

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

The 16-week project will involve road closures on the below minor roads which will help avoid any disruption to the main road and a local school.

• 21 April to 2 May – Cemetery Lane
• 5 May to 16 May – Back Lane
• 19 May to 6 June – Grange Lane
• 9 June to 13 June – Wood View Lane
• 16 June to 27 June – Carr End Lane
• 30 June to 11 July – Carr Lane

Where possible Electricity North West will be using two-way lights instead of road closures to minimise any disruption and will ensure that access is maintained to local residents where practicable.

If anyone living in the area has any queries about the project, they are advised to call Electricity North West on 0800 195 4141 or tweet @ElectricityNW.

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