Completion of cable work heralds removal of Nailsea pylons

22 pylons to be removed - some from residents' gardens

In May 2021 we started 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’ve written to those who have a pylon in their garden, or where the wires oversail their properties.

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.

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