News Archive

12 September 2012

We hear that National Grid will announce the specifics of the route on 6th November 2012.

This will show exactly which part of the route will be underground and the location of pylons and sealing compounds. There will follow a six-week period of consultation. The announcement will be accompanied with a suite of reports that provide the initial supporting evidence for National Grid’s proposal, available on its website on 6 November.

Please note that this announcement and consultation is National Grid’s first round of consultation on its proposed detail route alignment. Following its assessment of feedback, it is programmed that a formal round of full public consultation will follow in the spring of 2013, as required by the Planning Act 2008, and ahead of any application to the Planning Inspectorate, currently indicated to be at the end of 2013.

31 July 2012

Independent research says 80% of consumers are willing to pay the extra cost of underground cabling to preserve our countryside.

At the behest of electricity regulator Ofgem, National Grid commissioned independent research by Accent into consumers Willingness to Pay.

Full report here

31 January 2012

Independent report on costs shows underground cabling is not as expensive as National Grid originally stated.

Since autumn 2009, campaigners in Nailsea and elsewhere have been pressing National Grid for independent research into the costs of the different technologies for electricity transmission. See full report here

In summary, underground cabling costs 4-6 times more than overhead, which is substantially lower than the 12-17 times more that NG originally quoted. How much lower will it be in 8 or more years time when this connection goes live?

See our press release in full using one of the links below
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3 November 2011

National Grid have announced that their connection from Bridgwater to Seabank will follow Route Corridor 1, Option 1A  for the majority of the connection.

They propose to take down the existing 132kV Western Power Distribution (WPD) overhead line between Bridgwater and Avonmouth substations.

Full details are at:

For Nailsea this means taking down one set of pylons to the West of our town and either putting up new, much larger pylons there or perhaps putting the cables underground.