A MAJOR project to upgrade Ramsbottom’s electricity supply will begin this week.

Engineers from Electricity North West have dug up Bolton Street and Bolton Road repeatedly this year.

And now it has been confirmed a £1.1m project is being undertaken by ENW to replace cables dating back to the 60s.

Just over two kilometres of lines will be laid. Temporary traffic lights will be in play along Church Close, Dundee Lane, Bolton Street, Ramsbottom Lane, Stubbins Lane and Stubbins Street at differing times from Monday, for the three-month scheme.

Linda Lomax, ENW's project manager, said: "“The new cables will help reinforce the power network which will benefit the residents of Ramsbottom for many years to come.”

The utility company has pledged to monitor roadworks while the operation is ongoing.

Mrs Lomax added: "The need for electricity is only growing, the Government are setting ambitious net zero targets and Electricity North West is at the forefront of ensuring those targets become a reality.

“That’s why crucial projects such as the one in Ramsbottom need to be carried out.

"More and more people are becoming reliant on electricity so that’s why we’re proactively replacing cables which were first installed in the 1960s."

Work to improve the network's capacity will start in the Church Close area

She added: "When major work like this is carried out, roads need to be dug up to lay new cables and we understand it can be frustrating for commuters or residents,” added Lomax.

“We will do our best to keep disruption to a minimum and I want to thank the residents of Ramsbottom in advance for their understanding and co-operation."