Overhead Electricity Lines Taken Down In Wareham
9:47am 13th June 2012
(Updated 9:26am 14th June 2012)
Residents around Wareham can now enjoy better views from their homes after overhead power lines were taken down and put underground.
Firm Southern Electric carried out the work and say there are now much clearer views over the River Piddle, parts of the common and the "Bloody Bank".
It's all part of a £360,000 project to upgrade the local electricity network.
Engineers worked closely with local archaeologists, conservationists and landowners to ensure the work was carried out as sensitively as possible.
To bury the new underground cables, Southern Electric used a mole plough, which causes minimal environmental disruption working at up to ten times the speed of conventional open-cut trenching. Under the river, engineers used an innovative directional drill with precision steering governed by a state-of-the-art GPS satellite navigation system. The new underground cables were energised before the old overhead lines were taken down.