Major engineering work to keep lights on

An Electricity North West engineer replacing old cables
An Electricity North West engineer replacing old cables
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A £600,000 engineering project to secure the power supplies to more than 2,200 customers between Higher Walton and Hoghton in Lancashire will get under way next week.

Engineers from the region’s power network operator, Electricity North West, will install 6km of new underground cable between Hoghton Lane in Higher Walton and Station Road in Hoghton.

The four-month project deemed “essential” by power bosses, will replace the cables which have been in place for more than 50 years, helping to ensure local customers continue to receive a reliable power supply.

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Paul McGonigle, programme delivery manager for Electricity North West, said: “We’re committed to delivering the best service to our customers and keeping the lights on for people in Lancashire and across the North West.

“To ensure we do this we have to invest in the network and upgrade underground cables and overhead power lines which have aged and been in place for a long time.

“We will work to keep any disruption to a minimum, but unfortunately there is no way to install underground cables without some disruption, but we hope drivers and residents in the area understand the need for this essential project.”

Engineers have vowed to keep disruption to a minimum, but temporary traffic lights may be needed to allow the work to be carried out safely.

Customers can call for advice on 0800 195 4141.