National Grid completes £6m overhead power line project in Wirral

Wirral Globe: National Grid completes £6m overhead power line project in Wirral National Grid completes £6m overhead power line project in Wirral

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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6:44pm Mon 2 Dec 13

PaulCa says...

Good job it's cheap, plentiful and there's plenty of competition right across the energy market.

*ducks for cover*
Good job it's cheap, plentiful and there's plenty of competition right across the energy market. *ducks for cover* PaulCa

7:23pm Mon 2 Dec 13

JohnON says...

*ducks for cover*

I prefer an umbrella myself.
*ducks for cover* I prefer an umbrella myself. JohnON

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