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  • Bredbury to South Manchester
    • Project description

    • 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

    • Latest update

    • June 2017: Work along the overhead line route is now underway. Depending on where you live it may appear that nothing is happening. This is because refurbishment is taking place elsewhere on the line. We expect the work to finish in August. Reinstatement of the land we’ve used will finish by the autumn.

      Manchester City Council and Stockport Council have granted Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders for a number of footpath closures while our work takes place. The closures are necessary to protect public safety and allow us to access the pylon sites. The order is valid for six months. However, we only need to close these footpaths from 1 June to 31 July to allow us to carry out the refurbishment work. We’ll re-open them earlier if possible. Please see the details on the right-hand side for maps showing the locations of the footpath closures.

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