To make way for the new connection, National Grid is removing 67km of existing overhead wires and pylons – 249 in total – from the Somerset landscape.
Part of the Mendip Hills will be pylon-free for the first time since the 1930s
35 pylons are being removed between Loxton and Sandford, where instead of building T-pylons we have installed underground cables under the Mendip Hills, leaving this part of the Area of Outstanding Beauty pylon-free for the first time in 91 years!
28 of the pylons have now been removed with the 8 closest to Sandford substation programmed for removal next year.
The existing pylons are 24.1m tall and weigh around 4,200kg and are quite a sight when pulled to the ground. Enjoy this footage where Project Manager, Aden Precious talks us through the felling of a pylon in the Mendip Hills near Winscombe.