Major £700,000 project is not expected to cause disruption, says Western Power Distribution

A £700,000 project to reinforce and upgrade the power network supplying customers from Bideford to Cornwall is underway.

The project, which commenced early last month and has an estimated completion date of October 13, is being carried out by Western Power Distribution (WPD), the electricity distributor for the region.

The work began on July 3 and will finish at Indian Queens in Cornwall.

During the project, over 100km of cables and insulators are set to be replaced in order to provide a more reliable service for South West customers.

Although the work will be carried out over several months, no disruption is expected to be caused from the project as it will predominantly take place across farmland.

Richard Clatworthy, WPD project engineer, said: "This initiative is part of WPD's ongoing programme to cover the increased export of newly connected generation - work that will further safeguard electricity supplies for customers for years to come."