Unfortunately, you can’t make an omelette without cracking an egg....

but disruption will be kept to an absolute minimum, and we’ll keep you well informed!

Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions are laying the cable in Thornton and Cleveleys on behalf of Walney Offshore Windfarm


The majority of the cable will be laid in an open cut trench, approximately 800mm wide x 1.4m deep, plus seven, equally spaced route joint excavations. The length of the onshore cable route is 5km, split into seven x 75m sections.


There will be four teams of workmen, each team working in a different area along the route.


The trenches will be barriered off and safe, and ‘Courtesy Boards’ will be installed around the excavation and will show contact details should you have a particular issue or problem with workmen in your area. All trenches will be filled in with a tarmac surface.


Some roads will have to be closed for a short period of time but diversions will be in place. We'll keep you well informed as these diversions are needed.


There are three big obstacles in the path of the cable: the seawall at Cleveleys, the tram tracks and Amounderness Way. It’s not practical or possible to dig straight through them so the cable will be tunnelled underneath – what’s called ‘Directional Drilling’.

Working in your road:


If the workmen are laying the cable in your street please be assured that the work will be completed and the excavation reinstated as soon as possible. The work may, however, cause temporary inconvenience which will be kept to a minimum. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. Car access to your drive will be facilitated at the first opportunity by means of steel plates (installed over the excavation) where required.


If the trench is being dug across your drive and you need to go out there and then, just let the workmen know and within a few minutes they will put a plate down to let your car off your drive.


If steel plates have to be left down overnight or for 24 hours they will be fastened to the road surface so they don't slip and can't be moved.


If you have any concerns please contact Balfour Beatty using the number shown on the Courtesy Boards during the course of the works. For general information and queries please ring 07932 143431.


You can follow the progress of the installation teams and find out more about the project through this website on the News and Updates page.

Walney Offshore Windfarm and
Balfour Beatty
are committed to ensuring that any disruption is kept
to a minimum and apologise in advance
for any inconvenience caused by these
essential works.

Thank you for your patience!

This is the route
the cable will take,

click here for
latest updates
of progress

Route Map

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