As part of the Hinkley Connection Project, which will connect low-carbon energy from EDF’s new Hinkley Point C power station to UK homes and businesses, National Grid’s contractors, J Murphy’s & Sons Ltd, is installing 10.5 km of underground electricity cables between the west end of Nailsea and Portishead substation. Some of the work will be on public roads along the route and they will need to manage traffic to keep residents, road users and workers safe.
From Thursday 27 February, there are:
- Two way traffic lights on Clevedon Road (B13130), Tickenham – for a maximum of two weeks.
- In place from 7am to 7pm each day.
- Manually controlled Stop and Go boards will be used to manage traffic at peak times (7-10am and 2-6pm.)
- Temporary road closure on Church Lane, Tickenham – until end of March 2020.
- Temporary road closure on Washing Pound Lane, Tickenham – until end of March 2020.
- Temporary road closure on Sheepway, Portbury – until mid-March 2020.
Tony Dyas, Lead Project Manager for National Grid says, “We recognise that these roadworks will cause delays to peoples’ journeys and we are sorry for the inconvenience. Our contractors, Murphy, will minimise disruption as best they can by monitoring traffic flows through the lights to help reduce queues and will remove the traffic lights and reopen roads as soon possible. Diversion signs will be in place to show alternative routes for the road closures.
“We work closely with the local Highways Authority to coordinate and agree the traffic management, with the priority being the safety of all users.”
The scheduled dates for working on the highways may change at short notice.
Once the cables are in place and operational, the next step is to start to take down two lines of existing pylons between Nailsea and Portishead and to build new the new line of T-pylons from Sandford to Seabank. Balfour Beatty will build the new pylons for National Grid and are carrying out surveys along the route to help plan the final designs for the overhead line and new pylon locations.