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Power boost for Ironbridge

Work to boost power supplies in Ironbridge is due to start in early February.

Western Power Distribution (WPD), the electricity distributor for the region, is committed to investing in its network to further improve supply reliability and customer service levels.

The project is due to start on February 8, 2021 and involves the replacement and reinforcement of the underground network in Ironbridge. Around 500m of cables are due to be replaced on Madeley Road and a link box is also due to be installed. This will help to further improve supply reliability to around 150 properties in the area.

“This investment will help to safeguard electricity supplies for our customers in the region for years to come by improving the infrastructure and security of our network,” said Melvyn Holmes, WPD’s Team Manager.

The work is expected to take ten weeks to complete. During this time, traffic management will be in place to enable WPD’s contractors Network Plus to install the cables. Traffic management and signed diversions will be in place as required.

Added Melvyn: “Our aim is to keep any disruption to an absolute minimum. We have been working with Telford and Wrekin Council and other contractors to schedule our works to minimise the inconvenience in the area. We will also be keeping customers and business along the route informed by letter and by visits from WPD staff.”

Local residents have been informed of the work by letter and are invited to contact WPD if they have any questions on 0800 096 3080.

30/3/21 We have now completed as much work as possible and replaced around 120 metres of low voltage cable in Madeley Road, Ironbridge. Due to site engineering difficulties beyond our control we have been unable to complete all of these works. The work we have completed should have an impact on the reliability of supply and we intend to return to site in the future to complete the remaining work once the engineering difficulties on site have been resolved.

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