National Grid goes underground
Plans to reduce the visual impact of electricity infrastructure in protected landscapes across England and Wales have been launched by National Grid.
Last year, twelve sections of high voltage lines in eight Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks were shortlisted. Working with independent landscape consultants, National Grid has now prioritised four projects as follows:
- Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near Winterbourne Abbas
- New Forest National Park near Hale
- Peak District National Park near Dunford Bridge
- Snowdonia National Park near Porthmadog
Using a £500 million allowance made available by Ofgem until 2021, National Grid plans to reduce the visual impact of sections of high voltage overhead lines in these locations. A range of different ways of doing this will be considered, including replacing existing overhead lines with underground cables.