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‘Eyesore’ power lines removed from Forest of Bowland

Forest of Bowland AONB telegraph poles and electric wires before they were removed. (s)

Forest of Bowland AONB telegraph poles and electric wires before they were removed. (s)

More than 30 electricity poles and four kilometres of overhead power lines have been remove to enhance the landscape of the Forest of Bowland as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Electricity North West has invested £286,000 to remove the poles between Backsbottom, Harterbeck and Stauvin in Roeburndale, which have been a firm fixture in the area for more than 60 years.

The company worked alongside the Forest of Bowland (AONB) to successfully replace the power lines with underground cables to improve the overall appearance of the area, which is enjoyed by many walkers and tourists throughout the year.

Mike Dugdale, programme delivery manager for Electricity North West said: “Overhead lines are essential for keeping the lights on, but we understand that in some areas, they can become a dominant feature on the landscape.”

The work to remove the poles and cables is part of a £5.4 million project to replace lines identified as being most visually intrusive within the national parks and at other beauty spots in the north west.

Elliott Lorimer, principal AONB officer said: “We’ve worked very closely with Electricity North West and it’s great to see the poles coming down. It will greatly enhance the landcsape of the area and we’re sure the work will be greatly appreciated by visitors for years to come.”

 

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