ServicesPower CutsHelp
SERVER12

News

Follow us

Twitter Icon Facebook Iconfbmessanger

Instagram Icon linkedIn Icon YouTube Icon

£6million scheme to remove overhead lines and pylons in Norwich

Work is set to get underway next week to remove 11 pylons and lay 18 kilometres of underground electricity cables in Norwich.

From Press releases - 10 February 2016 12:00 AM

Pylons south of Norwich.jpg

Work is set to get underway next week to remove 11 pylons and lay 18 kilometres of underground electricity cables in Norwich.

The £6million scheme is being carried out by UK Power Networks, which owns and operates the electricity networks in the East of England, London and the South East.

The first part of the scheme will involve drilling from a major substation site at Earlham – including drilling under the River Yare – so two new 132kV cables can be installed underground in the Bowthorpe area of the city. The project will also include two 11kV cables and two fibre optics circuits.

Once that work has been completed, the overhead lines between the Earlham Grid site and a new pylon located on Springmount off Chapel Break, Bowthorpe, will be taken down and 11 pylons will be dismantled. The project is due to be completed by the end of 2016.

Project manager Paul Reed said: “The pylons have been part of the skyline in the Bowthorpe area since the 1970s but residents will start seeing them come down towards the end of 2016, weather permitting.

“Power supplies will not be affected during the works but there will be traffic diversions at times as we lay the cables along parts of the route.We are working closely with local councils to ensure that be traffic disruption is kept to a minimum.”

Councillor Bert Bremner, Norwich City Council cabinet member for environment and sustainable development, said: “The undergrounding of these cables will make a huge difference to the area and will have a positive impact on the landscape, benefitting both current and future residents of Three Score and Bowthorpe.

“UK Power Networks is hugely experienced with this sort of project and we will be working with them where needed to keep disruption to nearby residents to a minimum.”