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Somerset pylon route plans to be unveiled in November

By The Bristol Post  |  Posted: October 03, 2012

  • An artist's impression of pylons over the Somerset countryside

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Draft details of the exact route of a new 400,000 volt overhead power line – which will cut through swathes of the North Somerset countryside – are to be announced next month.

Energy giant National Grid is due to announce on November 6 exactly where the new 37-mile power line, which will run between Avonmouth and Bridgwater, will go.

National Grid announced last autumn its preferred route for the new power line which will see it follow the existing 132,000 volt line on the western fringes of Nailsea before heading out across the moors towards Yatton. It said it would consider running some sections of the new 37-mile line under ground “if the economies were right”.

The move to consider putting sections under ground follows increasing pressure from residents, councils and action groups along the route who said the towering overhead pylons would ruin the countryside.

The draft plan of where the line will go will also include details of whether pylons will be used or whether sections of the route will be under grounded.

National Grid spokeswoman Jane Taylor said: “We are aiming to make the announcement on the route of the power line on November 6.

“This will be the first draft of the route – we are putting a line on a map as to where the line will go.

“There will be opportunity for further consultation on the proposals.”

Campaigners initially pressed for National Grid to consider a subsea option, putting the line along the estuary.

And they also lobbied National Grid to consider running the cables underground. The Nailsea Against Pylons action group is planning a public meeting once the draft route is announced.

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