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Part of Stamford Street to close for final phase of £3m power network upgrade
Tuesday 24th July 2018 @ 14:57 by Tom Greggan
News Stalybridge Tameside

The final phase of Electricity North West’s £3m upgrade to a local power network gets underway next weekend.

Engineers are replacing 7.4km of underground power cable, which has been keeping the lights on since the 1960s, with new, environmentally-friendly electricity cables.

The project will benefit 58,000 customers in Stalybridge, Buxton, Glossop and the High Peak. Engineers have already completed work on Wakefield Road and Huddersfield Road. The next phase, on Mottram Road, will start on August 4th.

To allow engineers to safely carry out the work, part of Stamford Street between Wakefield Road and Huddersfield Road will be closed from August 4th-29th. 1500 letters have been issued to local residents and businesses, while more than 700 leaflets were handed out to customers at the Tesco superstore recently. The full diversion route, approved by Tameside Council, will be clearly mapped signposted.

Stamford Street will be closed between August 4th-29th between Wakefield Road and Huddersfield Road. The diversions will be clearly signposted.

John Pietsch, transmission south manager for Electricity North West, said: “These cables have been in place since 1960 and they have served the area well but it’s now time for our engineers to replace them to ensure that every home and business in the area continues to enjoy the power they need when they need it.

“We’re delighted to start the next and final phase of this essential project and I’m proud of our engineers’ dedication to safely complete the complex project, which has involved crossing the River Tame and Huddersfield Canal bridges.

“We have planned the work for the quieter summer months and when schools are closed, but we know that although we’ve worked hard to keep disruption to a minimum, digging up local roads is never easy for people and commuters, so we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their patience and support to allow us to carry out this work safely.”

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