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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.

Latest update

The main works will be taking place between 8 July and 16 August.

So we can work safely we have agreed with the local councils the following traffic and footpath management measures:

The 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. As a result these works 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 expect these closures to take place on the morning of either the 12 or 13 July to set up our equipment and either the 19 or 26 July to take it down. A signed diversion route will be in place during these short closures.

Clarke Lane, Macclesfield – We need to close Clarke Lane to allow us to work safely on and around the pylon that is next to the lane. It will be closed to all through traffic from 8 to 25 July inclusive from the junction of Clarke Lane and the B5090. Access to homes on Clarke Lane will not be affected. There will be a signed diversion route through Bollington. Businesses on Clarke Lane will be open as usual. 

Jackson’s Brick Works car park on the Middlewood Way in Higher Poynton - The Council has given us permission to close the car park and nature reserve at Jackson’s Brick Works next to the Middlewood Way. The car park and nature reserve will be closed between the 24 June and 30 August, 24 hours a day. The car park will be used to store materials and site security teams will be based there. There will be no access to The Middlewood Way from the car park during this closure, however the Middlewood Way will still be able to be accessed from Poolhouse Road directly. 

Marple Road in Stockport - We need to close one lane on Marple Road near the junction of Shearwater Road when we are working at or around the pylon next to the road. This will be between 15 July and 1 August. Traffic lights will be in place during the lane closure. Advance warning signs will be in place and we will also have people checking traffic conditions when we are working and adjusting the signals to minimise any delays. The lane closure will only be in place when we are working at the pylon.

Peregrine Road in Stockport - Peregrine Road will be closed either side of Grebe Walk, immediately next to the pylon on the corner of the road. The road will be closed between 15 July and 9 August, 24 hours a day. During this time there will be no vehicle or pedestrian access off Peregrine Road into Grebe Walk. The rest of Peregrine Road is unaffected.

The Middlewood Way in Macclesfield - The Middlewood Way will be closed from the River Bolin Bridge near Tesco to Brocklehurst Way from 17 June to 25 July. It will also be closed from Brocklehurst Way up to and including the footbridge across the Silk Road from 24 June to 25 July. During these closures access to the playing fields will remain open from Brocklehurst Way and Rugby Drive. 

The Middlewood Way in Addlington - The Middlewood Way will be closed due to the cable crossing the path at Hibberts Brow. It will be closed from just south of Brookledge Road to near Fourlane-Ends. This closure will be in place from 25 July to 15 August

Various footpath closures will be in place across the line between 17 June and 23 August. We will only close footpaths when we are working on the line or access routes that cross footpaths. Signs will be in place and diversion routes in place where possible. These closures are for safety reasons so please follow the instructions on our signs and directions for the members of our team.

We apologise for the inconvenience these traffic and footpath management measures may cause but there is no other way to complete the work we need to do safely without them.