The preferred mitigation option involves the replacement of the existing section of overhead line with underground cabling.
We have considered a range options for an underground cable route. Findings from our environmental and technical studies and feedback from stakeholders and the local community have played a vital role in selecting a preferred route.
Our preferred route involves:
- The removal of the existing overhead line over a length of approximately 8km, including the removal of approximately 22 pylons.
- Construction of two new sealing end compounds which are required to connect the new underground cables to the remaining existing overhead line, one to the north of the A35 and Winterbourne Abbas and the other to the south of Friar Waddon Hill.
- Laying of new underground cabling of approximately 8km.
The preferred route option has been designed to avoid properties, engineering constraints and known archaeology.
The sealing end compound locations and preferred route are subject to change following discussions with landowners, stakeholder engagement and ongoing environmental and engineering surveys and assessments.
The current indicative programme is that, subject to all necessary approvals and consents, on site works will commence in spring 2019 and take approximately two and a half to three years to complete.
Please click the link below to see a map of our preferred route.