£1.7m boost to upgrade electricity network

Lights up: Thousands will benefit from the work, which includes parts of Station Road, Bamber Bridge

Lights up: Thousands will benefit from the work, which includes parts of Station Road, Bamber Bridge

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More than 4,000 homes and businesses will benefit from a £1.7m major project to upgrade the local electricity network in Lancashire.

This week 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 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 at:

School Lane, Bamber Bridge, from this week

Blackburn Road, Walton Le Dale, from this week

Station Road, Bamber Bridge, from November 1

Cottage Lane, Walton Le Dale, from November 3

Kittlingbourne Brow, Higher Walton, from November 21