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26/08/14: Power lines set to go underground in Cumbrian beauty spot

A £65,000 project to underground power lines along the Solway Coast in Cumbria got under way last week.
Power lines set to go underground in Cumbrian beauty spot
The region’s power network operator, Electricity North West, will be removing seven electricity poles and 750m of overhead power lines between Mealo House and Heatherbank near Allonby which have been in place for more than 60 years.

The company has already removed 1.2km of overhead power lines in the area over the last year, working alongside the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Natural England to replace the power lines with around 800m of underground cable to improve views.

Mike Dugdale, programme delivery manager for Electricity North West, said: “This latest project on the Solway Coast showcases our commitment to working closely with and investing in the fantastic communities in which we operate.

“We understand that power lines can stand out and we work with AONBs and National Park Authorities to consider schemes that will improve the appearance of these beautiful landscapes even further.”

By removing the overhead lines and placing them underground the power company is 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. Electricity North West set to remove power lines along the Solway Coast in Cumbria

The work, which will be completed by autumn, 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 even more power lines will be removed from the Solway Coast and it will greatly enhance our beautiful coastline.

“We have been working closely with Electricity North West and the results of our successful partnership will be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike for many years to come.”

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