High-Voltage Overhead Power Lines, Hinckley Point C Connection, Update May 2013 :

Hinkley Point C Connection: Spring Project News- May 2013

As well as providing a background to the project so far, the newsletter outlines the next steps for the project including the next stage of consultation, which is due to start in September, and the submission of a planning application to the Planning Inspectorate. It is available to view on the project website http://www.hinkleyconnection.co.uk/library.aspx.

The last consultation on the project was in November and December 2012 when  people were asked for their feedback on  draft proposals. Over 900 responses to the consultation were received. A Stage 3 Consultation Feedback Report 2012 has now been published which summarises all the comments received. It can be found on the project website at http://www.hinkleyconnection.co.uk/library.aspx.
You can contact the Community Relations Team on 0800 377 7347. Further information about the project can also be found at www.hinkleyconnection.co.uk.


National Grid Statement, 6 November 2012:

National Grid announces draft route for Hinkley Connection

  • Removal of existing power line would mean around 95 fewer pylons in the area overall
  • Connection to go underground through the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Views of local people helped shape many of the details of the proposals

National Grid has announced the draft route for the new 400,000 volt power connection between Bridgwater and Seabank near Avonmouth.  This has followed nearly three years of planning and listening to the views of local people and experts.  It puts a line on the map for the connection needed for the new Hinkley Point C power station and other low carbon electricity generation planned for the South West.

The new connection will mean that an existing 132,000 volt line between Bridgwater and Avonmouth can be taken down.  In addition a number of other shorter sections of 132,000 volt line will be removed to enable construction of the new line.  In total National Grid expects there to be a reduction in the number of pylons between Bridgwater and Avonmouth from 240 to 145. They will consult on their detailed proposals in 2013, and anticipate that they will be able to include the T-Pylon in this consultation.

The special importance of the landscape in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was strongly backed by local views during the consultation.  Here, the connection will go underground for more than eight kilometres (nearly five miles). 

Once the existing 132,000 volt line has been removed, a new substation will be needed in the Sandford area to make sure Weston-super-Mare and Churchill continue to receive a safe and reliable electricity supply.


The latest information from National Grid can be found at the following link: