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Power returns to Wasdale Head

It's taken ten months and cost seven hundred and fifty thousand pounds but today the residents in a remote Lake District were finally re-connected to the national grid.

Mains electricity in Wasdale was lost on Christmas Eve last year when a underwater cable in Wast Water developed a fault.

Since then residents and businesses in the area have relied on large and often noisy generators.

ITV Border's reporter Andy Burn sent this report.

Power is returned to Wasdale Head

A community in the Lake District which has been without mains electricity since Christmas Eve is now switched back on.

Eleven properties at Wasdale Head have been relying on noisy generators since a fault developed with the electricity cable that runs through Wastwater.

Last month a new cable was moved into the village. Electricity North West says restoring the power has been a complex operation, costing three quarters of a million pounds.

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Power returns to Wasdale Head

The cable under the lake broke Credit: ITV Border

The remote village of Wasdale Head will have its mains power switched back on today. It has been relying on generator power since December last year when the main power cable broke underneath Wastwater - Englands deepest lake.

Electricity North West have relaid a new cable.

Generator power has served the village since December Credit: ITV Border

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Power cable arrives at Wasdale Head

Wasdale head is a remote Lake District village Credit: ITV Border

Giant transporter has snaked the country roads to a remote Lake District village carrying a custom built underwater cable weighing 19 tonnes. It will be used to help restore mains electricity to isolated community which has been without mains power since last December.

Businesses have found the last ten months dificult Credit: ITV Border

The 11 properties in the remote valley of Wasdale Head have been supplied with electricity from generators since December after a fault occurred on a power cable that runs through Wastwater.

The lake is also the deepest in England, at 79 metres, but the cable will sit out-of- sight on a contour around 30 metres deep.Jane Fleetwood, response manager for Electricity North West, said:

"It's an extremely complicated engineering challenge to restore mains power to such a remote and unique location and we're confident we have a solution that will last.

"We restored power the same day as the fault by providing generators, and it's taken a lot of planning and background work with local residents and businesses, as well as the council, National Trust and Natural England to reach this stage of the project.

"As with previous phases, we will do everything we can to minimise disruption, keep residents updated and complete the work as safely and quickly as possible."

The Wasdale Head Inn has been running from generators Credit: ITV Border
The cable will run under Wastwater Credit: ITV Border

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