Completion of cable work heralds removal of Nailsea pylons

22 pylons to be removed - some from residents' gardens

In May 2021 we’re starting to remove nine kilometres of overhead line between Nailsea and Portishead.

The 132,000 volt line, operated by Western Power Distribution (WPD), runs close to homes and over gardens in Nailsea – with some residents having a pylon in their back garden.

We’ll be writing to those people who have a pylon in their garden, or where the wires oversail their properties, before we carry out any work.

We’re carrying out the work in stages between May and October. First, we’ll remove the wires that run between the pylons. After we’ve done that we’ll remove the pylons, then the foundations, and finally reinstate the land.

The removal follows feedback from members of the community during consultation carried out between 2009 and 2014. It’s part of the 67 km of overhead line that we’ll have removed by the time the project is completed in 2025.

The work is taking place now because we’ve completed the installation of new 132 kV underground cables between the west end of Nailsea and Portishead substation. We completed the installation through the streets of Nailsea in March, with the final rural sections being completed in April. We’re now preparing to energise the underground cables by July 2021.

“We know that the cable installation work caused disruption and we’re sorry for this inconvenience,” said Bruce Lockyer. “On behalf of our contractor J Murphy and Sons, and all of us here on the Hinkley Connection Project, we would like to express our thanks to the residents and businesses of Nailsea and the communities along the route.

“Their patience and understanding over the last year have been integral to the successful completion of this work.”

During 2023, we’ll remove the second line of WPD pylons that runs from the A368 in Sandford to Avonmouth.