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On 19 January 2016 the Department of Energy and Climate Change gave our project the go ahead. All documents relating to the decision can be found on the Planning Inspectorate website.   

There’s a lot to do before construction starts. Following confirmation of EDF’s timescales, we are now in the process of updating the construction programme and hope to share this with local communities very soon.  

Whilst construction won’t start this year, we will be carrying out some ground investigation surveys along the route over the next couple of months. These surveys will tell us more about the ground conditions on the route and help inform the detailed design of the 400kV overhead line, 132kV underground cables, and the temporary roads we will use to access the construction sites. They will also enable us and our contractors to produce more accurate forecasts and help to drive value for UK consumers, who will pay for the project through their energy bills.

We will carry out two different types of surveys; boreholes and trial pits.  A borehole survey involves drilling around 15-30m deep and extracting a core of soil and rock.  The trial pits will be 1m deep, up to 2m wide and 2m long. In both cases, we will take away samples of the excavated material for testing and analysis and reinstate the land.

We will be carrying out surveys at around 90 locations along the route, which are shown on our interactive map.

If you need any more information, just get in touch on 0800 377 7347 or email