Power failures in Kirkham town centre could be a thing of the past after a £42,000 upgrade was installed to the town’s 40-year-old electricity supply system.
Shops and homes have been blighted in recent years by major power failures as demand exceeds supply, with electricity failing during the coldest periods of the year, often for hours at a time.
But the new upgrade, pushed forward by Kirkham Coun Liz Oades and Fylde MP Mark Menzies, is set to stop such issues.
Coun Oades said: “We have had so much trouble with power failures in Kirkham.
“In winter we have huge surges in demand and the system hasn’t been able to cope. I got in touch with the electricity people and our MP Mark Menzies to look into this and I am delighted the work has now been completed.
“Power has to be off continuously for six or seven hours for shop owners and home owners to get compensation and there has been very little of it.
“The upgrade was completed a couple of weeks ago. I am absolutely thrilled we have got it.”
Electricity North West, the company that owns and maintains the regional power network, has replaced ageing equipment, which has been in place for 40 years, with new up-to-date switchgear at two substations.
The project was completed in three days, a day earlier than expected. Engineers were also able to install generators to ensure disruption was kept to a minimum for customers.
Lee Maxwell, area manager for Electricity North West, said: “To ensure our customers receive the power they need it is essential we proactively replace and upgrade our equipment across the North West. The work completed will help secure the supply of electricity to more than 200 local residents and businesses in Kirkham for years to come.
“We are delighted we were able to complete the project early and keep any disruption to a minimum.”
Fylde MP Mark Menzies said of the project: “It was completely unacceptable that homes and businesses in Kirkham were suffering because of power cuts.
“I was pleased as Member of Parliament I was able to help by bringing my influence to bear to secure this outcome.
“Hopefully, this work will bring an end to the type of problems they have been experiencing and people in the area will now have uninterrupted power for the foreseeable future.”