Western Power Distribution carrying out low flying helicopter patrols across Northampton

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Helicopter patrols will be carried out across the region by the electricity distribution company over the next few weeks

Western Power Distribution (WPD), the electricity distribution company for the region, is carrying out helicopter patrols across the East Midlands as part of its network inspection work during the months of June and July.

The helicopters will be used to spot potential hazards on the high voltage overhead network and to highlight areas where future work may be needed.

Robin Tutcher, Chief Pilot at Western Power Distribution, said: “Using a helicopter for patrols is the safest, fastest and most effective way to carry out checks on large sections of the network.

“Taking this bird’s eye view enables us to check large areas quickly. We’re able to spot potential hazards early so that our engineers can plan investment and maintenance work more effectively, and do any necessary work before it causes problems for our customers.”

The helicopter patrols will also be on the look-out for trees growing into overhead lines, which can cause problems in stormy weather.

Exact flight times and locations will be based on local weather conditions in order to make the best use of time available.

The patrols will cover Coventry, Warwickshire, Northampton and Milton Keynes.