Work continues on power lines

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National Grid has started on the second phase of a £30m project which will result in upgrades to power lines across the district.

The company has been working its way along the 116km long electricity line which runs from Carlisle via Kendal onto the national grid system at Quernmore.

Once the project is complete, more than 300 tons of steelwork will have been replaced and more than 1,000km of new wires suspended on the pylons.

Work to replace the wires on one side of the pylons is now complete and engineers have started work on the ones on the other side. A spokeswoman said that the project is “very challenging”, given that much of the line is in open countryside.

The line also crosses five railway lines including the West Coast Main Line and the M6 in two places.

A total of 200 engineers are working on the project, which is due to be completed in just one year, instead of two ,which the company says work on this scale would normally take.

The investment will keep the lines in good working order and will allow National Grid to increase the efficiency of the line once a project to install new equipment at the substation at Old Hutton is also complete.

The work on the line is expected to be completed by November and temporary offices and working areas around pylons removed by April next year. Interruption to electricity supplies during the work is not expected.

A special contact number has been set up for people to ring if they have questions about the work. The number is freephone 0800 389 7235.