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Essential Refurbishment

Bredbury to South Manchester

North West

Across the country, National Grid often needs to update older parts of the network, including overhead lines and underground cables, to make sure you have the power you need at the flick of a switch.

Project description

In November 2019, we started work to replace the existing underground electricity cable which connects the pylons at the Trans Pennine Trail, behind Powerleague, and at Penny Lane, off Lancashire Hill. We’ve now completed the trench work and installed around 2.7km of ducting between the two pylons. We’ll start work in late August to pull the cable through the ducts and, eventually, connect it to the two pylons.

We expect to complete the main cable replacement works in December 2020. From January until March 2021 we’ll work at Bredbury substation. From March until December 2021 we’ll return to decommission the old cable and remove the above ground structures associated with it.

Bredbury Map September 2020a

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Please note, our work won’t affect electricity supplies in the area.

We understand our work will cause some inconvenience for the local community and we’ll work hard to minimise disruption while we carry out our essential work. We’ll advertise any footpath closures and let you know when we’ll work in your area.

Latest update

We’ve now completed our trench works. Thank you for your patience while we’ve been working in your area.

Work to install the new cable

At the end of August we’ll start to pull the cable through the ducts. We’ll start at the joint bay in Heaton Norris Park and pull one section of cable towards the pylon at Penny Lane and another section towards the joint bay in Higher Bury Street. We’ll then move to Heatons South to pull the final two sections of cable. It’ll take us around a month to pull the cable through the full length of the route.

Connecting to the existing pylons

After we’ve pulled the cable through the full length of the route, we’ll need to connect it to the pylons at Penny Lane and behind Powerleague. Before we start work at the pylons, we’ll need to erect scaffolding around them. This is so our engineers can safely carry out the work to connect the cable to the pylon. You may see us put up the scaffolding from October. We’ll need to keep the scaffolding in place until we complete our work on the pylons around mid-December.

Temporary footpath diversions

While we carry out our work, we’ll need to close a section of the Trans Pennine Trail (TPT)/ NCN62 at Penny Lane. We’ll need to close it between 17 and 30 August 2020 and again between 27 September and 11 December 2020 while we connect the cable to the pylon.

We’ll liaise with Stockport Council and advertise any temporary footpath closures in the local press. We’ll put posters up before we start work to advertise the footpath closure and show the diversion, to help keep the community informed.

We plan to work between 7am and 5pm Monday to Friday. There may be occasions when we need to work later, in which case we’ll work no later than 8pm. We may also need to work at weekends - if we do then we’ll only work between 8am and 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

It’s likely you’ll notice some noise during our work, and we’ll do all we can to keep disruption to a minimum. We’ll monitor noise to ensure it stays within acceptable levels while we carry out our essential work.

If you don’t see anything happening in your area, it means we’re working in other areas along the cable route.

Continuation of critical works during coronavirus outbreak

Our people working on-site are doing so under stringent health and safety measures to protect not just themselves but also the communities in which they operate from Covid-19. We’ll keep the situation under constant review and we’ll assess our contractors’ safe working practices and use of PPE as work progresses.

If you’d like to find out more about how National Grid are responding to coronavirus please click here.


National Grid Community Grant Programme

Our Community Grant Programme is aimed at organisations and charities in areas where National Grid’s work impacts on local people through our operations and site activities.

We fund projects run by charities and community groups that meet local community needs by providing a range of social, economic and environmental benefits that are impacted by National Grid and its operations. If your project meets our criteria you can apply for a grant. To find out more click here.