pylons 'would cost 12-17 times more if buried underground'
Grid has said this week that it still wants to build electricity
pylons across Somerset's countryside rather than bury them, despite
opposition from residents.
energy company wants to build the 37-mile network from Hinkley
Point to Avonmouth, which would pass near the Burnham-On-Sea area.
public meeting was held in Bridgwater on Tuesday (May 18th) where
residents opposed to the plans protested.
want the cables to be buried underground or run underneath the
Bristol Channel, but National Grid says such an option would be
company said this week that the over-ground pylons would cost
approximately £196m, while an underground line would cost
anything from 12 to 17 times more. Buring the lines under the
Severn Estuary would cost about £1.2bn.
Grid Project Manager David Mercer added: "We believe on balance
a power line is the right solution here, but we are prepared to
continue to engage with communities and listen to their point
controversial potential 'route corridors' for the 400,000 volt,
46.5m tall pylons have been identified, with one running through
East Huntspill, Watchfield, Mark and Bason Bridge.