Power supply traffic misery

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A MASSIVE power supply boost for Wigan will also spark some traffic disruption.

Electricity North West (ENW), the company that now owns and operates the regional power network, is investing £1m in a five month long programme to reinforce the supply by installing improved cables along an eight-kilometre stretch between Hindley Green and Platt Bridge.

This major engineering project will improve high voltage supplies to more than 20,000 homes and businesses across the borough.

New cables are designed to manage larger quantities of electricity which is essential as demand increases in the area.

They are also more reliable and easier to repair and reconnect in case of a fault, meaning faster reconnect ions and less disruption for residents.

The operation will mean temporary closure of Hindley’s Ladies Lane while a major part of the work takes place.

Traffic lights will also be installed on Atherton Road, Liverpool Road and Walthew Lane, Platt Bridge, while the “essential work” is carried out up to and including the end of September.

These emergency traffic signals, stress ENW, will be controlled manually at peak times to minimise traffic delays.

Some work will also be carried out on Sundays to avoid mid-week disruption to commuters...with the project scheduled to be fully completed by the end of November.

Area manager at Electricity North West Mark Williamson, said: “This is a major power line for the Wigan area, supplying a large number of local residents and business owners.

“Demand on the line has grown significantly since the original cables were put in more than 50 years ago and it is essential that these new cables are installed to secure this supply for the future.

“We hope that drivers and residents will bear with us while we get this work done.”

Working closely with the council, Electricity North West has scheduled the 20-week project to minimise disruption as much as possible, with traffic management plans in place.

For further details about the Wigan traffic lights and the project itself, they should to call Electricity North West on 0800 195 4141.