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Gaywood power project is good news for customers and geese

A familiar sight for drivers on the A149 at Gaywood, near Kings Lynn, will soon disappear when nearly four kilometres of overhead electricity cables are moved underground, boosting the reliability of the network.

From Press releases - 6 July 2020 12:00 AM

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The £3 million project means overhead lines that cross the A149 above drivers’ heads will vanish and the area will also remove the risk of geese flying into power lines after feeding nearby.

UK Power Networks, the country’s largest electricity distributor, will be removing 68 poles that have been supporting electricity cables in Gaywood, Snettisham and Little Massingham since the 1960s. The move will mean power supplies for around 20,000 customers in the area will continue to be reliable in future.

The major scheme also crosses land next to Gaywood River and will involve cabling under fields and drilling beneath the A149. It starts in July and will be completed in the spring of next year. 

Ivan Churchman, project manager for UK Power Networks said: “This is a major investment for North Norfolk and will improve the quality and reliability of the electricity supplies in the area. It will also see 3.8km of overhead lines removed, providing immediate and lasting improvement to the views adjacent to the Bawsey Ruins of the Church of St James. It is one of many multi million pound schemes we are carrying out across the East of England this year.”

The company delivers electricity to 18 million across London, the South East and East of England through cables, substations and power lines, and invests around £600 million each year in the networks.

Throughout the work UK Power Networks will follow Public Health England advice to keep its employees, contractors and customers safe and work will be carried out in line with the latest Covid-19 health and safety guidance. The company is also asking customers not to approach its teams if they see them working unless it’s an electricity emergency – and, if they do, to maintain social distancing at all times.