We’ve started to prepare the site where the new substation will be built and, during autumn 2019, we cleared vegetation and carried out some initial drainage work on the land.
Working closely with local authorities and Natural England, we’ve developed a detailed ecological mitigation plan for the site. The plan includes early vegetation and tree clearance to protect wildlife when the construction work starts in March 2020. Clearing and strimming vegetation from the site will prevent birds and other animals from nesting in the construction zone and will encourage them to find alternative nesting sites.
We’ll keep as many trees in place as possible, particularly along the edges of the site to help maintain screening and more will be planted after the substation is built. National Grid is committed to protecting the environment, and for every tree removed as part of this project, we will plant four new trees in the region.
We’ve appointed Siemens to build the substation and construction work will start in March 2020. We’ll provide more information on the construction programme when it is available.