New Suffolk power pylon routes revealed

THE four possible routes of a new line of massive electricity pylons have been unveiled by National Grid.

THE four possible routes of a new line of massive electricity pylons have been unveiled by National Grid.

The energy giant wants to install up to 90 pylons along a corridor connecting an existing substation in Bramford, near Ipswich, and a power junction in Twinstead, near Sudbury.

The company has said the new 400kv overhead lines would be much cheaper and less disruptive than installing an underground connection and the work was necessary in order to meet the electricity demand in the surrounding area.

Option one would see a new overhead line run from Bramford to Twinstead, parallel to an existing 400kv National Grid line and a 132kv route owned by EDF energy networks.


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Option two would be to build a new line in place of the 132kv line, which would, like option one, run through the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty south of Boxford.

Options three and four run north of Hadleigh and Boxford, with option four extending even further north around the villages of Elmsett, Lindsey Tye and Edwardstone.

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National Grid major projects manager David Mercer said: “This line will play a key role in helping to maintain reliable electricity supplies in East Anglia and Britain as a whole.

“We recognise that the proposed overhead line is a major development and we are committed to full public consultation.”

The consultation process will begin in October and will include meetings in many of the areas affected by the proposed new line.

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