Electricity North West – the electricity company for NW region – has removed overhead power lines and electricity poles at Mungrisdale at a cost of £90,000.

Pictured: 'View before removal of overhead wires and poles at Mungrisdale'

By the time the current programme finishes in 2023 approximately 37 km of electricity power lines, costing over £4 million, will have been undergrounded in the Lake District National Park alone. This Mungrisdale scheme will remove over 0.5 kilometres of overhead wires from this part of the National Park.

Pictured: 'Removal of overhead wires and poles at Mungrisdale'

The work is funded by an undergrounding allowance from the regulator Ofgem, forming parting of an 8 year programme. Lake District National Park Authority has surveyed the electricity lines in the National Park and the most feasible are then submitted to Electricity North West to be incorporated in the undergrounding programme.

Friends of the Lake District Overhead Wires Officer, Amanda McCleery, said:

“These poles ad wires were close to a footpath with stunning views west to the Northern Fells so it is great to get them removed. Friends of the Lake District appreciates the hard work put into such undergrounding schemes by multiple staff within Electricity North West, from when the site is first surveyed to when the last pole is taken down.”

Pictured: 'Views after removal'

Tim Duckmanton, Lake District National Park Authority, said:

“Thanks to the great work by Electricity Northwest on this scheme and others, the removal of overhead lines is helping protect the beautiful landscape of the Lake District, whilst sensitively maintaining the electrical power network, so that it doesn’t detract from the landscape.”