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THE electricity network has been given a boost thanks to a £6m upgrade.

Engineers from Southern Electric have refurbished nearly 120 electricity pylons between Lovedean and Chichester.

Some of the older pylons were replaced with new ones and electrical fittings were changed to improve stability in rough weather.

High voltage pylons between Fort Widley and Fareham were upgraded in December but engineers had to wait for young peregrine falcons to fly their nearby nest before they could finalise the works.

The upgrade will benefit 70,000 homes in Fareham and east Portsmouth.

Engineers have finished a separate but similar scheme to upgrade and maintain the line and pylons between Lovedean and Havant.

The works included the replacement of insulators, fittings and spacers.

The lines, which feed two of the main substations serving the Portsmouth area, will now last another 25 years.

In Waterlooville, more than half a mile of underground cable has been replaced.

And the substation in Warblington Street, which serves Gunwharf, the naval base and Portsea, has been refurbished following a fire last year.