Pylon Route Announced

National Grid has announced the route of a 37-mile power line between Avonmouth and Bridgwater.

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Route of giant electricity pylons

The long-awaited route has been published today for a series of giant electricity pylons across Somerset. It comes after a series of high profile campaigns by protestors who'd argued they'll ruin the countryside.

National Grid wants to run cables from near Bridgwater to Avonmouth. It's announced one section will be buried underground. While that's been welcomed by some, others say their fight continues.

Map Credit: ITV West
Map Credit: ITV West

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Weston MP celebrates Pylon victory

Weston-Super-Mare's MP John Penrose is celebrating today, after National Grid announced they will not put huge pylons, each the size of Nelson's Column, through the Mendip Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in his constituency.

The power lines will run underground instead, from the levels near Biddisham, north to the old Strawberry Line bridge near Sandford.

When the plans for new pylons between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth were first announced in 2009, several hundred people marched through Somerset's villages in protest at the plans.

This is great news for everyone who lives in and visits the Mendip Hill Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

If these whopping great pylons had gone ahead we'd have damaged some of our finest countryside.

I’m absolutely delighted that a combination of local pressure and good sense have won through.

I would like to thank everybody who helped us campaign over the years, and National Grid for listening properly too.

It shows the impact a small community can make when it bands together.

– John Penrose MP

National Grid announces pylon route through Somerset

National Grid has announced the draft route for the new 400,000 volt power connection between Bridgwater and Seabank near Avonmouth.

The controversial scheme has followed nearly three years of planning. National Grid claims it has listened to the views of local people and experts.

We’ve been very keen to listen to the views of local people, for example on the importance of the Mendip Hills where we now plan to use underground cables. We’re very pleased that the new connection will take up to 95 pylons out of the landscape.

– Peter Bryant, National Grid Senior Project Manager