Overview – Autumn 2022
In April 2022, our contractor, Balfour Beatty, finished building 48 of the new T-pylons between Bridgwater and Loxton and installed the wires ready for energisation.
By using the innovative T-pylon design, the height of the new infrastructure is being reduced by a third. Standing at around 35 metres high – the T-pylon is third shorter than traditional 400,000 volt steel lattice pylons which stand at around 48 metres. It also has a smaller footprint and uses less land.
Reinstatement of the land between Bridgwater and Loxton is underway and will continue through to 2024.
To reduce the visual impact of the new pylons, National Grid is removing 67 kilometres of existing 132,000 volt lattice pylons and overhead wires, a total of 249 pylons will go from the Somerset landscape. 91 pylons have been removed between Bridgwater and Sandford – the eight pylons closest to Sandford substation are programmed for removal during 2023.
Thank you from everyone working on the project for your patience and understanding as we progress this vital work to connect six million homes and businesses to new sources of homegrown, low carbon energy.
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