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16/10/14: £7.5m power upgrade set for the West Coast of Cumbria

More than 30km of overhead power lines and 70 pylons are set to be upgraded to ensure homes and businesses along the west coast of Cumbria continue to receive a reliable power supply. £7.5m power upgrade set for the West Coast of Cumbria

Next month Electricity North West, the region’s power network operator, will start to refurbish the overhead power lines and pylons between Aspatria and Stainburn which have served 10,000 local customers well for the past 80 years.

The project, which will be completed by May, will help improve and secure the local power supply for many more years to come.

For the first time engineers will also be installing a new type of conductor, which will help meet future demand without the need to build costly new infrastructure.

Tim Groom, head of major projects for Electricity North West, said: “This is an essential project and it shows our commitment to improving and upgrading the power network to ensure we keep the lights on for our customers in Cumbria.

“We hope customers understand the need for this major project and we always aim to keep any disruption to a minimum so everyone can continue with their daily lives uninterrupted.”

Workington MP Tony Cunningham, said: “I’m delighted that Electricity North West are investing in the local area to make sure that we continue to enjoy the benefits of having a reliable supply of electricity, which we can often take for granted.”

Any disruption will be kept to a minimum and there may be road closures or temporary traffic lights but advanced notification will be given. Planned shutdowns will take place to allow our engineers to carry out the work safely and all customers will be notified beforehand.

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 @ElectricityNW.

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