08/08/14: £420,000 investment provides power boost to Greater Manchester
A £420,000 project to boost the power network to almost 3,000 residents and businesses in Greater Manchester started this week.
The region’s power operator, Electricity North West, is installing 4km of new improved underground electricity cable between Mill Street in Mossley and Coverhill Road in Oldham.
With an ever-increasing demand for electricity the project, which will be completed by December, will help provide a reliable supply of electricity and reduce any impact on customer power supplies now and in the future.
Tim Groom, head of major projects for Electricity North West, said: “This project is vital to ensure we continue to keep the lights on for our customers in Mossley and Oldham.
“We all take electricity for granted, but when there is an unexpected fault on the network it can greatly impact on our everyday lives which is why this project is crucial.
“Unfortunately there is no way to install these underground cables without some disruption, but 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.”
Working closely with Tameside and Oldham Council there will be four road closures during the project:
- Stamford Road - 2nd August - 30th August
- Mill Street - 1st September - 7th September
- Carr Hill Road - 15th September - 19th September
- Lees Road - 6th October - 31st October
Electricity North West is funding two shuttle buses to replace the service on Stamford Road. The temporary service will run:
- 343: Mossley Rail Station to The Royal George (Mon-Sat daytime)
- 351: Ashton to Mossley, Brookbottom (daily and evenings)
Notices will be posted at all affected bus stops and information will be available on buses. Timetables will also be online at www.tfgm.com/bustimetables.
All closed roads will be open to residents who require access to their properties and 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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