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Cranes give a lift to electricity network in worcester

A £2.3 investment to upgrade and reinforce the electricity network between Worcester and Malvern will include removing five ageing pylons from the back gardens of homes in the city.

The operation will involve using a crane to lift out the old structures and lower the new ones into place.

Work to dismantle the pylons at Comer Road, Windsor Avenue, Greenacres Road and Harrington Road will begin on 18 November and should be completed by 30 November. The pylons measure between 26 metres and 32 metres in height and weigh between 10 and 15 tonnes.

Each pylon will take two days to replace, using cranes and a special pulley system to replace the overhead wires. There will be some short term disruption to local traffic during this time.

For safety reasons, residents living in the affected properties – who will have pylons lifted over their houses or gardens – will be asked to leave their homes during the day while work is taking place.

Chris Mundy, WPD project engineer, said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this essential work to future proof the power network for the people of Worcester. These pylons have been in place for about 80 years and are coming to the end of their useful life.

“We have contacted all the residents affected and have liaised closely with local authorities to keep disruption to a minimum, wherever possible.

“The replacement of the pylons, and the wider reinforcement of the network between Worcester and Malvern, will mean a safer, more reliable and more efficient electricity supply for about 36,000 existing customers. It will also ensure the network is ready to meet future demand from customers wanting to connect green technologies, like electric vehicle chargers and heat pumps, as we all prepare for a net zero future.”

More information about the project can be found here.

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