Powered up: £3m cable upgrade completed

ELECTRICITY North West has completed its biggest-ever new cable project, a £3million power upgrade which benefits 58,000 customers in Stalybridge, Buxton, Glossop and High Peak.

More than 50 staff, from engineers to project managers, worked on the project to replace 7.4km of underground power cables, primarily in Stalybridge.

The oil-filled cables, which had been powering the area since the 1960s, have been replaced with new updated and environmentally-friendly electricity cables.

During the project Stamford Street, Stalybridge, was closed to allow engineers to safely carry out the work with this key route reopened one week ahead of schedule.

Ahead of the final phase of the project, which started on August 4, 1,500 letters were issued to local residents and businesses and more than 2,000 leaflets were handed out to customers at a stand at the local Tesco superstore on Trinity Street, Stalybridge.

Paul McGonigle, transmission delivery manager for Electricity North West, said: “I’m proud of the engineers for the work they’ve done on this essential project.

“We’ve finished the cable work, with some minor work to reinstate the road on Blandford Street over the next couple of weeks.

“It’s not an easy task to replace 7.4km of underground cable, but they’ve done a great job and we’re delighted to be able to invest in the power network for local businesses and residents to enjoy for years to come.

“We all take electricity for granted every day and it’s essential projects like this that make it happen.

“Although we worked hard to keep disruption to a minimum, digging up and closing roads is never easy for residents and businesses so we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their patience and support during the project.”

Mr McGonigle explained it was the biggest new cable scheme Electricity North West had ever undertaken and one of the biggest projects in his 20 years with the company.

He added it was pleasing to complete the work on Stamford Street, which caused major congestion in Stalybridge town centre, in three weeks instead of four.

“You could see the relief on social media and from other feedback we received. The decision was made to do the work in August during the summer holidays so there would be the least disruption,” he explained.

Liam Billington, councillor for Stalybridge South, said: “It has been difficult for Stalybridge residents and businesses over the past couple of weeks, but the investment from Electricity North West in upgrading our dated infrastructure means there will be fewer faults for residents and businesses in future.

“Stalybridge has been selected as part of the town centre challenge to regenerate our town centre and the increased capacity to the network will support new homes and businesses in our town.”
For more information and updates visit www.enwl.co.uk/stalybridge

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