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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

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"Other viable options to pylon plans"

MP Tessa Munt has been campaigning against plans for new pylons through Somerset for almost 3 years Credit: ITV West

MP Tessa Munt, has joined campaigners who are walking along Crook Peak today to raise awareness of plans by the National Grid to install pylons across the county’s countryside.

Campaigners are worried about the visual impact of pylons in the county Credit: ITV West

The Lib Dem MP for Wells says there are other viable options such as underground cabling. She's been campaigning against plans for new pylons through Somerset for almost 3 years

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