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Pylons and overhead lines to be removed from Norwich skyline

Work is set to get underway to remove 15 pylons and 4.5km of overhead lines from the Norwich skyline.

From Press releases - 26 May 2017 12:00 AM

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UK Power Networks, which owns and operates the electricity networks in the East of England, London and the South East, has already installed 5km of underground cable as part of £5.6 million scheme.

Next month engineers will begin removing the overhead lines and pylons in Trowse. Work is due to be completed by the autumn.

Project manager Paul Reed said: “The pylons have been part of the skyline in Trowse for decades but residents will start seeing them come down next month [June].

“Power supplies will not be affected during the works and while there will be traffic diversions at times as we remove the overhead lines along parts of the route, the work should be completed before rush hour to keep disruption to a minimum.

“We will also need to close a section of the rivers Wensum and Yare in Trowse for up to two weeks to allow us to safely remove the overhead lines there, although we hope to actually complete the work within a week weather permitting. Safety patrols will be in attendance and we are working closely with local authorities to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.”

This scheme is the second one carried out locally by UK Power Networks in the last 18 months – earlier this year it completed removal of 11 pylons and 2.8km of power lines in the Bowthorpe area of the city, having installed 18 kilometres of underground cable.