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15/04/15: Decades-old poles and power lines removed from Lancashire landscape

Parts of the Lancashire landscape have been recently enhanced with the removal of decades-old overhead power lines and poles.

Decades-old poles and power lines removed from Lancashire landscape
Decades-old poles and power lines removed from Lancashire landscape

More than 30 electricity poles and 2.5km of overhead power lines, which have been in place since the 1960s, have been permanently removed from the popular Forest of Bowland in north Lancashire.

Electricity North West, the region’s power network operator, has invested £300,000 in this latest project and over the past three years almost one hundred poles and 8km of power lines have been removed in the area at a cost of £900,000.

The company worked alongside Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to replace the power lines with underground cables to improve the views and help safeguard local power supplies.

Mike Dugdale, programme delivery manager for Electricity North West, said: “Burying these power cables underground will help enhance the beautiful landscape which will be enjoyed by thousands of people visiting the Forest of Bowland every year.

“We work hard to keep the lights on across the North West and the project required great skill to install the new cable.

“In some areas, including Areas of Outstanding Beauty, power lines can become a dominant feature and we are proud to play a part in protecting Lancashire’s landscape.”

Decades-old poles and power lines removed from Lancashire landscape
Decades-old poles and power lines removed from Lancashire landscape

In the past five years Electricity North West has invested £5.4m in removing power lines which have been identified as being most visually intrusive within the National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the North West.

Elliott Lorimer, principal AONB officer for the Forest of Bowland, said: “We are very pleased to see these latest poles and power lines removed from the Forest of Bowland.

“Throughout the past three years we’ve worked very closely with Electricity North West and their hard work has made a significant contribution to enhancing the natural beauty of the area.”

For more information about Forest of Bowland AONB visit

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