The power lines from Bredbury Substation to South Manchester Substation in Sale were built in the 1960s. Our job is to maintain the overhead power lines so the electricity network is kept in good working order. This ensures that everyone has the power they need on demand and that safety standards are upheld.
We’re investing in the maintenance of equipment which, after half a century of service on the line, is due for refurbishment. Our work will include general refurbishment of the fixtures and fittings on the line. You’ll see our engineers carry out work in sections along the route, which passes through Brinnington Park, Mersey Vale Nature Park and Kenworthy Woods.
Please note that this work won’t affect electricity supplies in the area.
It’s likely a project spanning some nine kilometres (5.5 miles) with 30 pylons will cause some disruption but we’ll do our best to minimise any disturbance. We’ve kept the duration of the works to a minimum to help reduce the length of time the circuit is out of service. We’ll need to temporarily close some sections of road and footpaths in specific locations between May and August. This is to protect the public and allow us to carry out the maintenance work safely. We'll also use scaffolding to protect roads, rivers, distribution power lines and buildings.
We expect to finish all our work by the autumn and will leave our working areas clean and tidy.
We’ll keep residents up-to-date on the progress of the work and any dates that the local road network is due to be affected. You can sign up to be alerted to any works affecting the roads in your area via roadworks.org
March 2017: Work to inspect foundations, renovate pylons and replace insulators and fittings will start soon. It may appear that nothing is happening, depending on where you live, which means refurbishment is taking place elsewhere. We expect the work to finish in August, and reinstatement of the land we’ve used will finish by the autumn.
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