21/10/14: £2m boost for Lancashire’s power supply
More than 4,000 homes and businesses will benefit from a £1.7million major project to upgrade the local electricity network in Lancashire.
This week the region’s power network operator, Electricity North West, will start to install nine kilometres of new improved underground cable between Hoghton Lane in Higher Walton and Holme Road in Preston.
The project, which is due to be completed in March, will successfully replace oil-filled cables which have been in place for more than 50 years, with new environmentally-friendly and efficient cables.
Tim Groom, head of major projects for Electricity North West, said: “This major investment is vital to ensure we continue to supply reliable and efficient power to our customers in Lancashire.
“It is also a great opportunity for us to replace ageing oil-filled cables which have the potential to impact on the local environment with new up-to-date environmentally-friendly underground power cables.
“We will do everything we can to minimise any disruption to customers while we carry out this essential work.”
Work has been planned to keep any disruption to a minimum and electricity supplies will not be affected during the work, although roadworks will be needed and advance warning signs will be used to keep motorists informed.
There will be temporary traffic lights in place during the project:
• School Lane, Bamber Bridge – starts 20th October
• Blackburn Road, Walton Le Dale – starts 21st October
• Station Road, Bamber Bridge – starts 1st November
• Cottage Lane, Walton Le Dale – starts 3rd November
• Kittlingbourne Brow, Higher Walton – starts 21st November
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 @ElectricityNW on Twitter.
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