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Hour-long powercut hit town centre

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: December 07, 2012

By GARETH BUTTERFIELD

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MORE than 40 properties in Ashbourne’s town centre have been left without power after a fuse blew in a sub-station.

The powercut happened at around 1pm on Thursday after a fuse in a cable blew in the town’s King Street sub-station.

Engineers were despatched within a few minutes of the fault, which affected homes and businesses in King Street, Market Place and St John Street, being reported and power was back in around an hour.

A spokesman for Western Power Distribution, which handles the area’s electricity supply, apologised for any inconvenience and pointed out that work would start next year to upgrade the system in the town, which should help to prevent future outages.

The firm, which took on the responsibility of maintaining Ashbourne’s power supply in April last year, says the new cables will make the network more reliable and help fix faults more quickly.

The £200,000 upgrade, which is expected to take around six weeks to complete, is due to begin shortly after Shrovetide 2013, will involve roadworks in the town centre as engineers access power cables in the Market Place, St John Street and Victoria Square. It will also include the installation of extra link boxes which will allow workers to re-route electricity supplies if there is a fault.

Project leaders are hoping the work, which is part of a county-wide investment, will be completed by Easter

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