1960s power lines taken down in Forest of Bowland

Farmers are being asked for their views on how they are effected by electricity pylons on their land.  Pic: Andrew Milligan/PA
Farmers are being asked for their views on how they are effected by electricity pylons on their land. Pic: Andrew Milligan/PA

Parts of the Lancashire landscape have been recently enhanced with the removal of decades-old overhead power lines and poles.

More than 30 electricity poles and 2.5km of overhead power lines, which have been in place since the 1960s, have been permanently removed from the Forest of Bowland.

Electricity North West, the region’s power network operator, has invested £300,000 in this latest project and over the past three years almost 100 poles and 8km of power lines have been removed in the area at a cost of £900,000.

The company worked alongside Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to replace the power lines with underground cables to improve the views and help safeguard local power supplies.

Mike Dugdale, programme delivery manager for Electricity North West, said: “Burying these power cables underground will help enhance the beautiful landscape, which will be enjoyed by thousands of people visiting the Forest of Bowland every year. In some areas, including AONBs, power lines can become a dominant feature and we are proud to play a part in protecting Lancashire’s landscape.”