North West England receives £132 million power network investment

An investment totalling £132 million pound has been made to improve the North West’s power lines, underground electrical system and substations. The investment has came over the past 12 months and will benefit almost 5 million electricity users from Merseyside to Cumbria.

The improvements to the network included a £20 million fund dedicated to improving overhead power lines and pylons, as well as a £3.7 million investment to cut down trees that could cause a risk to the power lines.

It is believed that this huge investment in electricity infrastructure will protect the North West from the winter. It is feared that there will be a number of blackouts this winter as extra pressure is put on the system, however Electricity North West are now confident that their supply will be safe.

The CEO of Electricity North West, Steve Johnson, said ‘‘Thankfully for most people power cuts are very rare, but they can have a big impact – particularly if you’re not prepared. Severe weather can damage the network and cause power cuts which is why we have been working hard over the past year investing and preparing for this winter.’’