Fenland power poles replaced in �1million improvement project

TOWERING power poles supporting electricity lines running to the east of Guyhirn have been replaced as part of a �1million improvement project.

The project is run by UK Power Networks, which owns and maintains the electricity networks in the East of England, South East and London.

The work includes updating electrical equipment in a substation and installing new wooden poles which support the overhead lines across the A47 and the River Nene, near to High Road, Guyhirn.

A pair of 20-metre tall wooden poles were replaced by specialist teams of contractors throughout last week.

John Seville, senior project manager, said: “The time had come to replace these poles so we brought in specialist equipment and staff to carry out the works.

“It was quite a spectacle to see them being changed, given their height, and, although they have been doing a good job, the time had come to change them.

“We want to make sure our customers in the Wisbech area continue to receive reliable power supplies and these new poles should serve the area well for a long time.”

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The project started last month and is due to be completed in November. Power supplies should not be affected by the work.