Overview – Autumn 2022
The new 400,000 volt underground cable installed under the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty have been connected to the new line of T-pylons that will help carry homegrown, low carbon energy to six million homes and businesses.
We’re pleased to be putting 8.5 kilometres of the Hinkley Connection route underground through this very special landscape of the Mendip Hills in response to community feedback received during consultation. By doing so, we are leaving this part of the Area of Outstanding Beauty free of pylons for the first time since the 1930s.
To make way for the new connection, National Grid is removing a total of 249 existing 132,000 volt lattice pylons and 67 kilometres of existing overhead lines from the Somerset landscape.
91 pylons have been taken down between Bridgwater and Sandford, including 28 pylons removed from a section of the Mendip Hills. The remaining eight pylons closest to Sandford substation are programmed to be removed during 2023.
Reinstatement of the land along the cable route is already underway and will be completed in 2024.
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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