29/08/14: Power lines and poles set to be removed from Cumbrian landscape
A £82,000 project to remove overhead electricity lines from one of the region’s most stunning landscapes has got under way this week.
Electricity North West, the region’s power network operator, will be removing six electricity poles and 540m of overhead power lines which have been in place in the south Lakeland valley of Stockdale in Longsleddale for more than 60 years.
The company is working alongside the Friends of the Lake District and the Lake District National Park to replace the power lines with underground cables to improve the views.
Mike Dugdale, programme delivery manager for Electricity North West, said: “We understand how unsightly power lines can be on our beautiful landscapes and we’re delighted to be burying these lines in Stockdale.
“We are committed to working closely and investing in the communities in which we operate and we work with National Parks to consider schemes that will improve the visual appearance of an area.”
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.
Over the past five years Electricity North West has invested £1.7million in removing 19km of overhead power lines identified as being most visually intrusive across the Lake District.
Andrew Herbert, head of environment heritage for the Lake District National Park, said: “We’re delighted that these overhead power lines are being removed and we’re excited to see the new enhanced landscape in the beautiful Stockdale valley.”
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