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15/05/15: Overhead power lines removed from Lake District National Park

Work has finished on an £141,500 project to remove hundreds of metres of overhead power lines and 14 electricity poles from the beautiful Lake District National Park.
Beofre and after photos of the landscape
Engineers from the region’s power network operator, Electricity North West, started to replace 845m of overhead power lines with underground cable back in November in Lowick, Ulverston.

The company has worked in partnership with the Friends of the Lake District and the Lake District National Park to improve the views by replacing the power lines which have been in place for more than 50 years.

Paul McGonigle, programme delivery manager for Electricity North West, said: “This major investment brings great benefits to the area by not only helping to safeguard electricity supplies, but it also enhances the beautiful landscape of the Lake District National Park.

“We are committed to working with the communities in which we operate and we will continue to work with the Friends of the Lake District and the Lake District National Park to help further protect this stunning area.”
The landscape before and after
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.

Amanda McCleery, overhead wires officer for Friends of the Lake District, said: “It is great to see these lines and poles come down in this beautiful part of the National Park and we value our partnership with Electricity North West and the fact that they listen to and support National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty is fantastic.”

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