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National Grid completes £6m overhead power line project in Wirral
5:21pm Monday 2nd December 2013 in News
National Grid has completed a £6m project to refurbish the overhead power line that runs across Wirral from Birkenhead to Capenhurst.
The cable is part of the network of overhead lines and substations carrying high voltage electricity across the country.
The refurbishment work will keep the line in good working order.
Engineers have now replaced fittings that connect the wires to the 47 pylons along the line.
The project was temporarily halted earlier this year after a cable was damaged by another utility and this had to be repaired before work could continue.
No roads or footpaths needed to be closed while the work was carried out although, in agreement with Cheshire West and Chester Council, part of the Wirral Way was reduced in width for a short time to allow access to some of the pylons.
Paul Devenish, project manager, said: “Our job is to connect people to the energy they use.
"This investment of nearly £6m will help ensure we can all continue to rely on having energy at our fingertips."
National Grid is also working in the borough with Scottish Power to construct the Western Link, a £1bn project to help to bring renewable energy from Scotland to homes and businesses in England and Wales.
The underground cable section of this project follows a similar route to the Birkenhead to Capenhurst overhead power line in some places, although the two projects are not connected.
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