Lancaster protects power supply from floods

By Tim Aldred

18 Nov 2019

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Electricity North West has completed a £5.7m upgrade of its flood defences in Lancaster.

The investment follows the damage done to the city during  2015's Storm Desmond, which caused the River Lune to burst its banks

Various electrical equipment at the Caton Road substation site has been replaced and improved, and engineers have also raised parts of the substation onto higher platforms and moved equipment into new raised containerised buildings.

Dan Garner, transmission manager at Electricity North West, said: “Storm Desmond was a devastating time for the people of Lancaster, Morecambe and the surrounding area.

“It caused mass disruption to the city and huge amounts of damage to our electricity network. Following the incident, we have worked extremely hard to improve the Caton Road substation site.

“The investment and the upgrades will help ensure the network is protected for many years to come.”

Earlier this year, Electricity North West completed a £2m project which saw 7km of underground cables replaced which power Lancaster, Morecambe and the surrounding areas.

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