THE first phase of a £770,000 investment project begins next week to improve the electricity network in Garstang.
Electricity North West, the company that manages the power network for the whole of the North West region, will be reinforcing the underground electricity cable network to ensure the area is more secure against gradual environmental damage that can happen over time.
The work involves replacing the existing underground network of power cables from Preston Lancaster New Road to Croston Road with more than 5km of high voltage cable that will run through Garstang, as well as the surrounding rural area.
The company will be on hand throughout the project to answer any questions. Garstang Town Council has also been consulted throughout the planning process.
Eamon Robinson, project team leader at Electricity North West, said: “As part of our commitment to the ongoing maintenance of the electricity supply throughout the North West, we recognise that we need to invest to strengthen the current network and ensure homes and businesses are less prone to sudden power outages.
“It is our priority to ensure that upgrades and improvements are always made to ensure that customers receive the most secure and reliable electricity supply as possible.
“We will ensure the work is carried out as swiftly as possible so that residents can return to their usual routine quickly, and thank everyone in advance for their co-operation.”
The first phase of the project will start on Monday, October 31, and is due to be completed within three months. Electricity North West is working with Lancashire County Council to plan essential traffic management while the work is carried out, and is advising Garstang residents of possible longer journey times.
Ian Welsby, head of highways area north for Lancashire County Council, said: “There will inevitably be some inconvenience to road users as a result of a project of this scale, but we’ll do everything we reasonably can to keep disruption to a minimum.’’
Motorists are likely to experience delays during the first two weeks of the scheme before the project moves to less busy areas of the town.
Temporary lights will be used to control traffic on a section of the A6 from the junction of Longmore Lane to Cathouse Bridge, which is expected to result in queues especially at busy times.
No work will take place from Thursday 1 December to Thursday 5 January to ensure that the project does not affect Christmas trade in the town.
If anyone living in the Garstang area has any queries about the project, they are advised to call Electricity North West on 0800 048 1820.