National Grid to invest £30m on Cumbrian power line

National Grid is investing £30 million on upgrading power lines Photo: ITV News

National Grid is investing £30 million on upgrading a power line across Cumbria and Lancashire over the next ten months.

New wires will be installed and steelwork repaired and renewed on the 345 pylons which make up the 116km long electricity transmission line. It runs south from a substation at Harker, near Carlisle to a substation at Old Hutton near Kendal and then on to Quernmore in Lancashire.

The line is part of the network of overhead lines, underground cables and substations that carry high voltage electricity across the country. The investment is designed to keep the lines in good working order to ensure that everyone has the power they need.

It will also allow National Grid to increase the efficiency of the line once new equipment has been installed at the substation at Old Hutton. The work will be carried out between March and December and there will be no interruption to electricity supplies during the work.

"This £30 million investment will help ensure we can all continue to rely on having energy at our finger tips.

"Our society is built on the warmth and light we rely on at home, and the power which keeps our factories and offices going."

– William Fenton, Project Manager

National Grid is writing to homes and liaising with landowners directly affected by the work. Advance notice will be given of any road and footpath closures.

A special contact number has been set up for people to ring if they have questions about the work. The number is freephone 0800 389 7235.