National Grid is investing nearly £6 million on refurbishing the overhead power line that runs across the Wirral from Birkenhead to Capenhurs. Engineers will be resuming work on the project to replacing the fittings that connect the wires to the 47 pylons. The project was halted after a cable was damaged by another utility and this had to be repaired before work could continue.
Work will start again in early July and will be completed by the end of the year. There will be no interruption to electricity supplies during the work.
National Grid, which is the UK’s largest utility, has been working with local authorities, the Environment Agency and Natural England, among others, to plan the work on the power line. No roads or footpaths will be closed while the work is being carried out although, in agreement with Cheshire West and Chester Council, part of the Wirral Way will be reduced in width for a short time to allow access to some of the pylons. People will still be able to use the Wirral Way while the refurbishment work is under way.
Chris Card, Project Engineer, said: “Our job is to connect people to the energy they use. This investment of nearly £6m will help ensure we can all continue to rely on having energy at our fingertips. Our society is built on the warmth and light we rely on at home, and the power which keeps our factories and offices going.”