Major power upgrade for 4,000 Lancashire homes

Going underground: Cables will be installed under Preston Junction nature reserve

Going underground: Cables will be installed under Preston Junction nature reserve

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The second phase of a major £1.7m engineering project will get underway next week.

Electricity North West (ENWL), the region’s power network operator, is to upgrade the electricity supply to around 4,000 residents in Higher Walton and Preston.

ENWL 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.

Phase one of work saw nine kilometres of improved underground cable installed between Hoghton Lane in Higher Walton and Holme Road in Preston, affecting streets in Bamber Bridge, Walton le Dale and Higher Walton.

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.