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02/10/14: Second phase of £4m power upgrade gets under way in Lancashire

The second phase of a major £3.8m engineering project to upgrade the electricity supply to around 16,800 residents in Chorley will get under way next week. Second phase of £3m power upgrade gets under way in Lancashire

The region’s power network operator, Electricity North West, completed the first phase last summer and will now put in place 5km of new improved underground cable between Town Lane in Wrightington and Woodfield Road in Chorley.

The project, which is due to be completed by February, will successfully replace oil-filled cables which have been in place for around 50 years, with new environmentally-friendly and efficient cables.

Tim Groom, major projects manager for Electricity North West, said: “This essential project will help provide a secure power supply to thousands of local homes and businesses in Chorley for many more years to come.

“It is vital that we replace and upgrade these cables, which have been in place since 1964, to ensure customers receive the power they need.

“Unfortunately it’s not possible to work on underground cables without a little disruption, but the long-term benefits for residents and businesses will be worth it.”

Any disruption will be kept to a minimum and there will be no road closures. Temporary traffic lights will be in place and advanced notice will be given.

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 follow us @


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