WORK on a £1million project to replace ageing electricity cables along a main road into between two East Lancashire towns is on target to finish in October.

The scheme which started in April has caused major traffic disruption to Bacup Road in Rawtenstall.

Engineers from Electricity North West have successfully completed the first stage of the scheme and have now moved onto the next phase

As work continues up Bacup Road towards Lower Cloughfold, the one-way system and three-way traffic lights have been replaced with a two-way traffic light system.

The replacement of nine underground 11,000-volt electricity cables dating from the 1950s will benefit 6,000 customers in the town,who have experienced intermittent power cuts over the past two years.

Michael Dawes, area manager for Electricity North West, said: “We’re absolutely delighted with how work is progressing.

“We’ve completed a major part of the project. The two way traffic light system and these will be here until the project is completed by October.

“We always aim to keep disruption to a bare minimum. I want to thank the residents of Rawtenstall for their understanding.