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Fulwood road closure as £600k network upgrade work begins to combat power cuts

Posted on - 14th February, 2023 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Fulwood, Preston News, Roads
Electricity North West engineer
Engineers from Electricity North West have started the work in D’Urton Lane

Work has started to upgrade 2.4km of underground electricity cables in Fulwood. 

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The stretch of works is taking place on D’Urton Lane through to Haighton Green Lane.

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A road closure was put in place yesterday (Monday 13 February) for around 10 weeks. Access will be maintained for residents.

Electricity North West is investing £600,000 as part of a major power network upgrade in the area.

The firm, which manages and operates the region’s power network, is carrying out the work after issues with the existing cables caused recent power cuts in the area.

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Ben Fiddler, who is overseeing the work for Electricity North West, said: “As the North West’s power network operator, we want to provide the best service for our customers.

“We recognised issues with the underground cables on D’Urton Lane and decided to carry out the works as soon as possible to avoid ongoing disruption to our customers.

“A scheme like this would usually take up to 12 months to plan but we’ve worked closely with the local authority and brought everything forward and planned it all in just eight weeks.

“We’re making a significant investment which will see a large stretch of underground cables replaced and we’re also using the opportunity to upgrade some of our other electrical assets in the area.”

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Ben continued: “I do want to thank the residents of Fulwood for their patience and support whilst we carry out the work on D’Urton Lane.

“Power cuts do happen for a variety of reasons, some of which are out of our control and while we have a replacement programme, I’m pleased that we’re able to react quickly in this instance to bring the work forward and help make supplies more reliable.”

Ben Wallace MP said: “I’m pleased Electricity North West has recognised the need to upgrade the underground cables on D’Urton Lane and has worked hard to bring this work forward to benefit the local area.

“It’s incredibly important that residents in the area have a reliable power supply and these network upgrades should ensure that happens in the future.”

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