What options did we consider for the north west of York?
We considered four potential corridors for the new overhead lines proposed for the area north west of York (A, B, C and D) and an extension corridor (A1) - See Figure 4.
We also identified four areas for two new cable sealing end compounds (A, B, C and D – See Figure 5), and 12 areas for the proposed York North substation and associated infrastructure (See Figure 6).
As part of the Options Appraisal process, we looked at 21 different combinations of the above, and subjected each combination to review and analysis by environmental, socio-economic and technical specialists.
We then carried out a screening process to identify the ‘least preferred’ options – those which were less accessible, or required longer and more complex overhead line routes that increased the landscape and visual impact, as well as cost. A ‘preferred’ option was then selected (highlighted in blue in Figures 4, 5, 6) following a technical workshop attended by the project team.