National Grid Overhead Line Refurbishment

Date: 25th June 2019
Published by: Andrea Paterson


Residents affected by the forthcoming refurbishment of the overhead line between Macclesfield and Bredbury have received this letter from National Grid.

Their contractors need to close Clarke Lane. This is to allow them to work safely on and around the pylon that is next to the lane.

It will be closed to all through traffic from 8 to 25 July inclusive from the junction of Clarke Lane and the B5090 (Bollington Road).

Access to homes on Clarke Lane will not be affected. There will be a signed diversion route through Bollington. The closure and the diversion route is shown on the enclosed map. Businesses on Clarke Lane will be open as usual.

The Middlewood Way in Macclesfield -

The Middlewood Way will be closed from the River Bolin Bridge near Tesco to Brocklehurst Way from 17 June to 25 July. It will also be closed from Brocklehurst Way up to and including the footbridge across the Silk Road from 24 June to 25 July. During these closures access to the playing fields will remain open from Brocklehurst Way and Rugby Drive.

The Middlewood Way in Adlington - The Middlewood Way will be closed due to the cable crossing the path at Hibberts Brow. It will be closed from just south of Brookledge Road to near Fourlane-Ends. This closure will be in place from 25 July to 15 August.

Various footpath closures will be in place across the line between 17 June and 23 August. We will only close footpaths when we are working on the line or access routes that cross footpaths. Signs will be in place and diversion routes in place where possible. These closures are for safety reasons so please follow the instructions on our signs and directions for the members of our team.

Project description

National Grid is carrying out refurbishment work on the electricity transmission line that runs between the substation in Macclesfield and the south of Bredbury. This line is 18km long and has 55 pylons. This essential maintenance will involve replacing insulators, pylon fittings and conductors (wires) along the route. It will also include painting the pylons. This will ensure they continue to provide a reliable supply of energy to homes and businesses for years to come.

The work is due to start in July. There will be a need to control traffic and close some roads for a temporary period. Home owners and businesses in these areas will be written to and there will be advanced signage and traffic mangement plans agreed with local councils. The Middlewood Way and local footpaths will also be affected but again there will be advanced signage in place.

You may recall that this work was started about 2-years ago but had to be postponed due to problems elsewhere on the Grid which would have left reduced redundancy during this refurbishmen work.

You may notice contractors on and around the pylons along the route. You may also see some activity ahead of the main work as contractors create temporary access routes to the pylons, cut back vegetation and errect scaffolding.

More details will follow soon (see maps for pylon locations- click to enlarge)

National Grid will get this work done as quickly and safely as they can, while keeping the impact on local communities to a minimum. Electricity supplies will not be affected during the work.

Macclesfield to Bredbury Project

If you have any concerns there is a Community Relations Freephone number you can call:

0800 8199 071

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