New Essential Infrastructure
We’ll shortly be refurbishing the overhead power lines between St Teath and Otterham, view our interactive map.
Across the UK, we are updating overhead power lines to make sure that communities have the power they need at the flick of a switch.
From spring 2018, we’ll start the process replacing steelwork on some of our pylons running through Camelford, North Cornwall. This programme includes replacing the steel components on some of the pylons, and repainting some of the towers along the line. The project is due to finish in late 2018.
We’re investing in the maintenance of equipment which, after half a century of service on the line, is due for refurbishment. Our work will include replacing the steel components on some of the pylons and repainting some of the towers along the line. In some locations we’ll use temporary towers to hold the wires in place during our work on the pylon. These are not a permanent addition to our network and will only be used for the duration of the work.
Unfortunately, we’ll need to close some sections of road for a short time so that we can safely access power lines. Our map above shows the road closures in more detail. Please click on the closure routes for dates. We’ll keep residents up-to-date on the progress of the work and any dates that the local road network is due to be affected.
You can sign up to be alerted to any works affecting the roads in your area via roadworks.org.
There will be three stages to our project:
Stage One: Preparation work – September 2017 to March 2018
- Survey and exploratory work at the base of pylons;
- Construction of temporary access gates, stone pathways and erection of scaffolds;
- Safe removal of bird nests when wildlife is not present and vegetation clearance for access to the pylons.
Stage Two: Steelwork replacement begins – March 2018 to November 2018
Work will begin on sections of the 16km line. Engineers will inspect pylon foundations, replace damaged or worn steelwork and paint the structures, where needed. We’ll replace some large sections of steelwork on a handful of pylons. In these locations we’ll use temporary towers to hold the wires in place during our work on the pylon.
Stage Three: Project end – November 2018 to December 2018
- Once all the work is complete, any fencing and scaffolding will be removed and we’ll leave any areas affected by our work clean and tidy. Tree re-planting will be carried out as part of the reinstatement of the working areas.
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