Our response to coronavirus

Find out how we're working to keep the electricity and gas flowing reliably throughout the outbreak.
Bramford to Twinstead Landscape
Live

New Essential Infrastructure

Bramford to Twinstead

East of England

We are amid an energy revolution and National Grid has a central role to play in this fast-changing energy landscape.

The UK has set a clear ambition for our country to be a global leader in clean energy. The Government has set a commitment to reach Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and an ambition to connect 40 GW of offshore wind by 2030 – enough energy to power every home in the country.

To achieve this, offshore wind is being developed at scale and around 60% of the current offshore wind projects will come ashore along the East Coast.

Couple this with new nuclear generation proposed at Sizewell C and greater interconnection with countries across the North Sea, and we expect to see a significant increase in the level of renewable and low carbon electricity generation connecting in East Anglia.

While our existing high voltage electricity network in East Anglia has been sufficient until today, it doesn’t have the capability needed to reliably and securely transport all the energy that will be connected by 2030 while working to the required standards.

In the first half of this decade we are investing significantly in upgrading the existing network, but that still won’t deliver the capability that is needed by the end of the decade. We need to reinforce the region’s electricity network to address this, including between Bramford and Twinstead.

We need to strengthen the network here to increase the network capability in the region to carry the clean green energy that is proposed in East Anglia. It will play a vital role in delivering electricity efficiently, reliably, and safely and will support the UK’s move to reduce carbon emissions.

Bramford to Twinstead project website regional network map Spring 2021


Project background

We first carried out work to develop proposals for this additional network capability between 2009 and 2013. Changes to when the planned new generation would come online in East Anglia meant that work was put on hold at the end of 2013.

Network studies now show that we will need the reinforcement to be in place before the end of the decade. We now need to start work again to take forward the proposals.

Our proposals

We need to increase the capability of this part of the network by building a 27km 400,000 volt (400 kV) electricity reinforcement between Bramford and Twinstead Tee.

Before the previous work was put on hold, our proposals were shaped by extensive consultation feedback and our evaluation up to that point. At the time work was paused, around 19km of the route was proposed as overhead line and approximately 8km as underground cables.

Two sections were identified for underground cables – one in Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and one in the Stour Valley where an AONB extension is proposed. Cable sealing ends – four in total – would be needed to make the transition from overhead line to underground cable.

To make way for the proposed 400kV reinforcement, approximately 25km of UKPN’s existing 132 kV overhead electricity distribution line would be removed between Burstall Bridge and Twinstead Tee. A new substation was also proposed next to Butlers Wood, west of Twinstead, to keep the local network supplied when the section of 132kV line is removed.

Approximately 1km of existing 400 kV overhead line would also be removed south of Twinstead Tee near Alphamstone.

Bramford to Twinstead project website route map Spring 2021

 Click here for a larger image.

Public consultation

As we take forward work again to develop our plans, we want to keep everyone informed and to hear people’s views on our proposals.

We want to hear what you think about the project and are currently inviting your views on the plans. By visiting the consultation pages or by reading our project background document, you can find out where we got to with the project in 2013, understand what has changed since then, and give your views on how we should take the plans forward.

In line with Government restrictions relating to controlling the spread of Covid-19, we will be providing ways in which you can meet the team, hear more about the proposals and ask questions through webinars and live chats or by booking a telephone surgery with the team.

To find out how to get involved visit the ‘Have your say’ page. For those without access to the internet please contact us on 0808 196 1515 to request paper copies, or to book a slot at one of our telephone surgeries.  

Our consultation is open from 25 March and the deadline for feedback is 6 May.

Once we have had chance to review all feedback, we will continue to develop our plans before a further round of statutory consultation later in 2021. We will use the feedback in both rounds of consultation to inform the proposals that we put forward in an application for a Development Consent Order.

Visit our consultation pages

Development Consent Order (DCO)

Before we can reinforce the network between Bramford and Twinstead, we will need planning permission.

We will apply for a Development Consent Order. This is a particular type of planning approval for a nationally significant infrastructure project. The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), will make the final decision on the application following a public examination managed by an independent panel of inspectors. This process can take up to 18 months. For more information, visit the Planning Inspectorate’s website

Bramford to Twinstead project website route map Spring 2021

Click here for a larger image. 

Accessibility

We are committed to making project information accessible to all users. If you need any information or documents in an alternative format such as large print, Braille or audio tape, get in touch using our contact form.

Contact us

We want to hear the views of local people. For general enquiries or to register for project updates, please use our contact form below, or contact us by:

Phone: 0808 196 1515 

Opening hours: 9:00am – 5:30pm

Freepost: B TO T REINFORCEMENT

Landowner contact: Email us or call 01452 889000.

Media queries: View our press contacts or call 01926 656536.

Contact us form