Roadworks to complete £1.7m power network upgrade rescheduled

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As reported on last month, more than 22,000 homes and business in Wilmslow, Handforth, Chelford and Alderley Edge are set to benefit from a £1.7m upgrade to the local power network.

Engineers from Electricity North West, the region's power network operator, are replacing 5km of underground electricity cables between Alderley Edge and Wilmslow.

Electricity North West said the project, which will replace faulty oil-filled cables which have been in place for around 60 years, with new environmentally-friendly and efficient cables was scheduled to carried out as soon as possible as it's emergency work to protect the power supplies to 22,000 properties but having listened to feedback they have adapted the plan.

The work, which has been agreed by Cheshire East Council, started on 24th July and will take approximately 17 weeks. The project is on track and will still be completed on schedule but Electricity North West has adapted the traffic plan in response to feedback from key stakeholders and businesses.

The work on Cliff Road in Wilmslow will start on or around Monday, 7th August, with a road closure for approximately three weeks and will continue through Chancel Lane and Church Street where two way traffic lights will be in place.

Work will continue along Hawthorn Lane where there will be a one way closure and this work will be completed within approximately six weeks.

Styal Road is planned to be closed for 12 weeks from mid-September. Road signs will be in place and customers will be notified. A full diversion route will be signposted and traffic will be monitored.

Temporary traffic lights and road closures will be in place to allow engineers to safely carry out the work. Where there are road closures access to properties will be maintained.

John Pietsch, South Operations Transmission Manager, for Electricity North West, said: "We're proud to be investing almost £2m in the local community to ensure 22,000 customers enjoy a reliable supply of power which we all take for granted every day.

"Power cuts are thankfully rare, but as these cables were first installed in the 1960s it's vital we upgrade them now and replace a faulty cable, so we continue to deliver an excellent, safe and affordable service to all our customers across the region.

"It's an investment of around £1 per property per year to keep power flowing for at least another 60 years, so it's great to be delivering such value for such an essential service to the local area."

See the Cheshire East Council's website for more information regarding road closures and planned works.

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