£132m invested in North West England power network

An investment worth £132 million was made in the last 12 months to upgrade the power network in North West England. Electricity North West upgraded and strengthened power lines, electricity substations […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

An investment worth £132 million was made in the last 12 months to upgrade the power network in North West England.

Electricity North West upgraded and strengthened power lines, electricity substations and underground cables to withstand any severe weather this winter.

The improvements will benefit more than five million customers from Cumbria to Manchester.

It included a £20 million fund to upgrade 10,000 electricity poles, 635 pylons and 191km of overhead power lines.

It also consisted of a £3.7 million investment to cut trees that posed a risk to more than 800km of power lines.

Steve Johnson, CEO of Electricity North West said: “Thankfully for most people power cuts are very rare but they can have a big impact – particularly if you’re not prepared. Severe weather can damage the network and cause power cuts which is why we have been working hard over the past year investing and preparing for this winter.”

The electricity margins in the UK will continue to be “tight but manageable” this winter, according to National Grid.