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Electrical Upgrade Work at Cellarhead Junction, UK

Western Power Distribution (WPD), the electricity distributor for the Midlands region, UK, will be performing electrical work in Stoke’s Cellarhead area to further safeguard power supplies to local homes and businesses. The work is set for February and March, 2014.

WPD will be removing around 300 m of overhead power lines and poles which have reached the end of their working life, and replacing them with new underground cables.

“The investment ensures that we can provide a high level of service to customers in the Cellarhead area,” said Andy Pickering, WPD’s Distribution Manager for the area.

“However, this is a busy junction and we have been working closely with Staffordshire District Moorlands Council and the Highways Agency, who suggested undertaking our work during the Easter school holidays to minimize traffic disruption.

“The work will help to safeguard electricity supplies in the region for years to come, but we are conscious that it could also cause some inconvenience to commuters, and we would like to apologize in advance if this is the case.

“We have placed signs in the area to notify commuters and we have also written to customers in the area to inform them about the work,” said Andy.

The initiative forms part of WPD’s commitment to provide a consistently high level of service to customers. Around £2 billion will be invested by the company on its electricity network between 2010 and 2015.

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