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Essential Refurbishment

Macclesfield to Bredbury

North West

We are carrying out refurbishment work on our electricity transmission line that runs between our substation in Macclesfield and a line junction to the south of Bredbury. This line is 18km long and has 55 pylons.

Project description

We had to postpone this essential maintenance work in the summer of 2017. This was because a third party damaged an underground cable elsewhere on the network. This meant that we couldn’t turn off the Macclesfield to Bredbury line.

This essential maintenance will involve replacing insulators, pylon fittings and conductors (wires) along the route. This will ensure we continue to provide a reliable supply of energy to homes and businesses for years to come.

You may notice our contractors on and around the pylons along the route. You may also see some activity ahead of the main work as our contractors create temporary access routes to the pylons. During certain parts of the work it will be necessary to close some roads and footpaths and use netting and scaffolding over roads to ensure that we can do our work safely. Where we need to close roads we will give plenty of notice, write to local homes and businesses and sign post alternative routes.

Silk Road Macclesfield

Our contractors have developed an approach which allows the works around the Silk Road in Macclesfield to be done safely without a major road closure. The work will take longer for us to complete but it will mean less inconvenience for users of the Silk Road as we’ll only need to close it for a short period at first light on a couple of occasions – one to set up and one to take down our specialist equipment. We will provide more information on this in the summer.

We will get this work done as quickly and safely as we can, while keeping the impact on local communities to a minimum. Electricity supplies will not be affected during the work.

Latest update

Preparation work has now started with the main work planned to take place between June and September.