A major £600,000 engineering project to improve the electricity supply to around 4,000 residents is now under way.
Motorists and residents have been asked to be patient while work continues to place 1.6 kilometres of improved underground cable between Crown Street and St Mary’s Street North in Deepdale, Preston.
The work is being carried out by Electricity North West, the company that owns and maintains the regional power network.
The project, which is due to be completed by May, will replace oil-filled cables which have been in place for around 50 years with new environmentally-friendly and efficient cables.
Tim Groom, major projects manager for Electricity North West, said: “Delivering a reliable power supply across the North West is our top priority and this project will help secure the supply of electricity to local residents and businesses for many years to come.
“It is vital that we replace and upgrade these cables, which have been in place for many years, to ensure customers receive the power they need.
“Unfortunately there is no way to install underground cables without some disruption, but I hope drivers and residents in the area understand the need for this vital project and we promise to keep any disruption to a minimum.”
There will be four road closures during the project: East Street – March 5 to 10; St Mary’s Road North – March 21 to 24 and 25 to 26; St Mary’s Street – March 27 to April 1; Crown Street – April 4 to 8
A company spokesman said the work was not connected with blackouts in the Preston area earlier this year. Anyone with any queries about the project should call Electricity North West on 0800 195 4141.