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Drax to Thorton

Essential Refurbishment

Drax to Thornton Overhead Line

Yorkshire & the Humber

Our overhead line running between Drax and Thornton, in Yorkshire, has been operational since 1971. To ensure it remains reliable and keeps homes and businesses in the region supplied with electricity for years to come, some essential refurbishment work is now needed.  

Project description

The overhead line runs for 23km across mostly farmland in parts of the East Riding of Yorkshire and Selby District.

The refurbishment work will involve renewing and replacing some of the fixtures, fittings, and steelwork on the existing overhead line, including replacing the conductors (the wires), to ensure the local electricity supply is reliable for generations to come.

Site preparation work is due to start in late 2020. This will include clearing necessary vegetation along the route and preparing access points for our workers and equipment to reach the pylons.

The main refurbishment will take approximately a year, with the work expected to be complete by late 2021. The refurbishment work will have no impact on power supplies in the area.

The works will be undertaken by our experienced contractor Babcock and our working hours will be 7am-7pm Monday to Sunday. Some essential elements of the work may need to take place outside of these hours, but where this is required, we will advise our neighbours in advance. 


How Will These Works Affect Me?

 We aim to complete this work with minimal impact on the daily life of our neighbours. Depending on where you live and work, the effects will differ. As many of the pylons we need to access are in relatively remote locations and local roads will stay open, we don’t envisage too many impacts in local communities. Closer to individual homes or industrial areas, we will be in close contact with those residents and businesses who will be potentially affected. 

We are in touch with Parish Councils along the route to discuss the refurbishment and will look to see if we can take into account any issues raised in the planning of the works.

If you have any questions or enquiries about our work, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0800 319 6165. You can also e-mail us at [email protected].


National Grid Community Grant Programme

Our Community Grant Programme is aimed at organisations and charities in areas where National Grid’s work impacts on local people through our operations and site activities.

We fund projects run by charities and community groups that meet local community needs by providing a range of social, economic and environmental benefits. If your project meets our criteria, you can apply for a grant of up to £10,000. To find out more click here.