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21/01/15: Second phase of £2m power upgrade gets under way in Lancashire

The second phase of a major £1.7m engineering project to upgrade the electricity supply to around 4,000 residents in Higher Walton and Preston will get under way next week. Second phase of £2m power upgrade gets under way in Lancashire

The region’s power network operator, Electricity North West, completed the first phase last month and will now put in place 3km of new improved underground cable through the Preston Junction local nature reserve along the footpath from the River Ribble to Todd Lane North.

The project, which will be completed by March, will replace oil-filled cables which have been in place for more than 50 years, with new environmentally-friendly and efficient cables.

Tim Groom, major projects manager for Electricity North West, said: “We’re delighted to start the next phase of this essential project, which will help provide a secure power supply to thousands of local homes and businesses for many more years to come.

“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.”

The footpath will remain open at all times and the power operator has completed ecology assessments to ensure all wildlife, flora and fauna will be unaffected by the work.

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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