A £600,000 project is set to upgrade the electricity supply to 18,000 homes and businesses in Bury but could cause temporary disruption to residents.

Electricity North West is installing 1.6km of improved underground cables between Castlecroft Road and Wash Lane in the town centre.

The new cables are said to be more reliable, require minimal maintenance and are easier to repair in case of a fault — resulting in faster reconnections and less long-term disruption for residents.

However, Buckley Street will be reduced to one lane, with traffic signs in place between April 29 and May 7 to maintain access to Woodfields Day Nursery.

Tim Groom, of Electricity North West, said: “This is a major project and it shows our dedication to ensuring our customers receive a reliable and efficient power supply now and for many years to come.

“Unfortunately there is no way to install underground cables without some dis-ruption, but I hope drivers and residents in the area understand the need for this essential project and we promise to keep any disruption to a minimum.”

A temporary footpath closure at the rear of Tesco on Woodfields Retail Park was required last Sunday. The project is set to be completed by July this year and work will be carried out in phases in an effort to reduce disruption.

Anyone with queries about the project can call Electricity North West on 0800 195 4141.