National Grid to carry out surveys in Nailsea and Portishead

PUBLISHED: 06:55 17 April 2019

Surveys will be carried out approximately every five metres along the route.

Surveys will be carried out approximately every five metres along the route.

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Surveys are being carried out in Nailsea and Portishead in preparation for the 37-mile Hinkley Point C Connection power line.

National Grid is building a new 57km high voltage electricity connection between Bridgwater and Seabank near Avonmouth to link new sources of power in the area, including Hinkley Point C.

The surveys, which started last week, will include searches for existing services, as well as drilling and digging to assess ground conditions which will inform the detailed design of the cable installation.

More: 37-mile power line through Portishead and Nailsea moves forward.

National Grid has contracted J Murphy & Sons Limited to carry out the work, which is expected to be completed by June.

A National Grid spokesman said: “Although most of these surveys will be carried out in fields, they will need to survey numerous roads in Nailsea and sections of road where we will build temporary accesses to our haul roads.

“Some of the surveys will require short-term temporary traffic lights to keep staff and road users safe. They will be removed as soon as the surveys are complete.

“Surveys will also be undertaken in Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve. They will be carried out sensitively and monitored closely by North Somerset Council.

“They recognise the work may affect people and businesses and will make every effort to minimise disruption and inconvenience.”

Campaigners battled against the pylons for a number of years, with protesters raising concerns about reduced property prices and the effect on the countryside.

Government officials gave the project the green light in 2016 after a five-year battle.

To mitigate the impact of the new T-pylons being built in the area, National Grid is removing two existing lines of pylons between Nailsea and Portishead substation – replacing one with underground cable.

Surveys will be carried out approximately every 50 metres along the route.

People will be able to find out more about the work at a briefing from the Hinkley Point Project Team on April 24 from 6.30-7.15pm at the Portishead Town Council office, Folk Hall, High Street.

To find out more, call 08003 777347 or email hinkley
connection@nationalgrid.co.uk

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