22 Mar 2022


Multimillion-pound cable replacement in Lancaster confirmed to help move to net zero

A major multimillion-pound project upgrading a stretch of Lancaster’s power network has been confirmed.

Next month, Electricity North West will start work upgrading 3.38km of underground electricity cables as part of its £2.2m scheme.

Starting on Scotforth Road, engineers will progress along the A6 carrying out works on Greaves Road, South Road and Penny Street.

As well as replacing and installing the new 33,000-volt cables, Electricity North West is also installing ducts, where the cables sit, which will allow for future cable installations as developments and electricity usage increases.

Lisa Sumner, who is overseeing the work in Lancaster for Electricity North West, said: “This project has been in planning for several months and its great news we’re able to confirm a start date.

“It’s a major upgrade for Lancaster as thousands of people and businesses will benefit from the new cables which will provide a reliable supply to meet growing demand.

“As the country moves away from traditional fossil fuels for things like heating and transport everyone will be using more electricity for electric heat pumps and electric vehicles.

“That’s why it’s important we provide a reliable power network to meet the growing demand, so customers are in a position to adopt low carbon technologies.”

Electricity North West has worked alongside Lancashire County Council and Lancaster City Council planning the project which is expected to start on April 4th and finish later this year.

Throughout the project, temporary traffic lights will be used so engineers can carry out works in the roads safely.