Goodbye to pylons that have stood in the landscape for a generation

Part of the Mendip Hills soon to be pylon-free for the first time since the 1960s

National Grid is removing 37 kilometres of existing 132,000 volt pylons owned by Western Power Distribution (WPD) between Bridgwater and Sandford.

We removed the wires that run between the pylons and some of the existing pylons in October 2021; we’ll remove the remaining 80 pylons by summer 2022.

Taking down pylons is much simpler than erecting them, taking less time, and involving fewer vehicles. Our contractor, Balfour Beatty, is using the most appropriate traffic routes and WPD’s existing accesses to reach and remove the pylons. The vehicles used for this work display signs so they can be easily identified as working to remove the pylons. Visit roadworks and traffic management for locations and timings of roadworks in each area.

During 2023, we’ll remove the second line of 132,000 volt line operated by WPD from Sandford to Avonmouth, bringing us a step closer to removing 67 kilometres of WPD’s overhead line by the time the Hinkley Connection Project is completed in 2025.