Northern Powergrid is investing £3.5 million on refurbishing, rebuilding and creating a smarter power network for customers in Rothbury, Thropton and the surrounding area.
The work will see Northern Powergrid rebuild around 45km of overhead power lines and survey a further 80km with a view to carrying out any required vegetation clearance, refurbishment and repair work required.
As part of the improvement works the electricity network operator is also installing 13 new smart devices across its network. The devices will help Northern Powergrid respond more quickly to faults, reduce the number of properties affected by a power cut and speed up restoration times for customers.
Andy Bilclough, Northern Powergrid's head of delivery, said: "We understand how important a safe reliable power network is in supporting local communities and businesses and that's why we're investing £3.5 million in our network in Rothbury and Thropton.
"We've already completed 20km of our 45km rebuild and have started surveying some 80km of our power lines. This work will see us carrying out thorough inspections and coordinating any necessary remedial work to further improve our network.
"As part of the improvement works we're also installing 13 smart devices across our network which will help us locate faults and restore power for customers more quickly if their lights should go off in the future."