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Western Power upgrading 60-year-old poles

Telegraph poles on the islands are getting an upgrade after more than 60 years.

Western Power Distribution is replacing 17 low voltage poles dating back to 1956 as "part of the asset replacement programme for the islands, ensuring the security of supplies for 200 customers".

The £35,000 project began in November 2017 after the poles were found to be in need of replacement during routine testing. It is due to be completed this month.

Technician Paul Harris explained on the WPD website that the work has not been without its challenges. “The logistics of shipping the poles, materials and a JCB from the mainland to the island, with the help of local haulage companies, makes the delivery of this project particularly challenging. Plus, other factors such as organising flights and accommodation for staff had to be considered.” Shane Orchard, Team Manager for Redruth, said: “The excellent planning by island-based staff and the support provided by staff based in the Pool office has proved vital in the safe and efficient delivery of the work. It is down to great team work that we can deliver this scheme that will further improve the reliability and safety of the network in the area.”

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