Lancashire Landscape Improved by Electricity North West

5th June 2017

The Lancashire landscape between Cow Ark and Newton in the Forest of Bowland AONB will be enhanced with the removal of decades-old overhead power lines and electricity poles.

Electricity North West, the region’s power network operator, is investing almost £300,000 in undergrounding 2.6km of overhead power lines and 35 poles between Crimpton and Ing Barn which were originally installed in 1958.

The scheme is part of Electricity North West’s commitment to invest £9m in undergrounding sections of the power network in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks across the North West.

David Kenneford, programme delivery manager for Electricity North West, said: “We’re champions of the North West and proud that it’s our network that connects communities and keeps the lights on across the beautiful North West region.

“We are committed to doing the right thing and we put the community in which we operate at the heart of everything we do. 

“That’s why we’re delighted to be working closely with Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to replace the power lines with underground cables to improve the views for local residents and the thousands of people that visit the area every year.”

Engineers have started to install the underground cables and the overhead power lines will be removed before Autumn.

Elliott Lorimer, principal officer for the Forest of Bowland AONB, said: “We're delighted that that this scheme is now in progress with Electricity North West.  Both the local landscape and the wider views out to the Bowland Fells and Yorkshire's Three Peaks will be significantly enhanced by this work.”

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