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06/10/14: Power lines and poles removed from Cumbrian landscape

More than 500m of overhead power lines and six electricity poles have been permanently removed from one of the region’s most stunning landscapes. Overhead power lines removed from the south Lakeland valley of Stockdale in Longsleddale, Cumbria

Electricity North West, the region’s power network operator, has invested £82,000 in removing the poles and power lines which have been in place in the south Lakeland valley of Stockdale in Longsleddale for more than 60 years.

The company has worked in partnership with the Friends of the Lake District and the Lake District National Park to replace the power lines with underground cables to improve the views.

Power lines and poles removed from Cumbrian landscape

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.” Power lines and poles removed from Cumbrian landscape

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, lead strategy adviser 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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