£8m investment in keeping lights on in Cheshire

National Grid to replace wires and fittings on 18km stretch of overhead power line

12 Apr 2017

Work to start on £8m project to help keep the lights on in Cheshire

• National Grid to refurbish 18km section of overhead line from Macclesfield to Bredbury
• Six month project will see new wires and fittings installed on 55 pylons
• Line has been in service for nearly 50 years and work will help keep the lights on for decades to come


National Grid engineers are starting preparation work this week as part of a major six month project to refurbish an 18km long overhead power line running between Macclesfield and Bredbury in Cheshire.


The £8m project will see new wires and fittings installed on the 55 pylons that make up the line which has been in constant service for nearly 50 years.


The company is writing to home and business owners along the route to explain what they will see as work gets underway. Electricity supplies will not be affected by the work and no new pylons will be built. Over the next few weeks work will be done to provide temporary access for workers, machines and materials. Work on replacing the line and its fittings will start in July and is expected to be completed by the end of September.


Ryan Hatcher, National Grid Project Manager said: “People may recall that we worked on this overhead power line around six years ago when we refurbished one side of the line. We usually try and do both sides as part of the same project but this line is a little different. Each side runs at a different voltage and splits to connect to a different part of the grid, meaning we couldn’t do both sides together without turning off the electricity supply. We have planned carefully to minimise disruption during this essential maintenance work that will keep power flowing uninterrupted along this line, helping keep the lights on in Cheshire and beyond.”


National Grid has applied for permission to close some roads and footpaths during the main works. Any closures will be widely publicised when the main work starts in the summer and signed diversions and advance warning signs will be put in place.


Engineers will work hard to keep noise and disruption to a minimum.


Ecology surveys have been done along the route to make sure the project causes as little disturbance as possible to local wildlife and work will comply with environmental legislation.


People with questions about the work can call National Grid’s community relations team on 0800 819 9071 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. There is an answerphone service outside of these hours. People can also get in touch via the web page www2.nationalgrid.com/macclesfield-to-bredbury

Contact for media information only

Press officer - Infrastructure Projects
Jeanette Unsworth
+44 (0)7785 290230

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