We recently lifted the lid on the grid to show motorcycle racing star turned TV presenter Guy Martin how it all works as part of his new Channel 4 series on Britain’s energy system.
A team of our overhead line monitoring experts at our Eakring training facility showed Guy the ropes – literally – to help him climb a de-energised pylon and carry out some maintenance work.
“That was bloody brilliant,” said Guy. “I'm always a bit nervous of heights, but the lads that I was doing it with were so at ease.”
Kirk Richards, one of the lines team who took Guy up the tower, said: “He was a natural. I’ve been doing this for 20 years, and it’s still a testing job. But Guy took to it well. It was good to show him the work that we put into keeping our overhead lines and pylons in good health all year around, and I think he enjoyed having a go at it himself at our training facility.”
Guy also joined our ET helicopter team for some transmission line surveillance over Nottinghamshire, helping to monitor the condition of our lines using the aircraft’s state-of-the-art infrared camera.
The mini-series – Guy Martin’s Great British Power Trip – airs from this Sunday (February 12). Check out a clip above from the tower climb in episode one.