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New map shows details of proposed power lines route across Cumbria

A map has been released showing details of the proposed route of high-voltage power lines across Cumbria.

National Grid graphic
National Grid's detailed map. CLICK HERE FOR LARGER IMAGE

National Grid wants feedback on its plans to connect a planned nuclear power station near Sellafield into the electricity network and export power generated by other north west energy projects.

The company says its 'emerging preference' is to build a connection with routes going onshore from the station at Moorside to Harker, near Carlisle. In addition, a route would run from Moorside across the Furness peninsula and through an undersea tunnel to near Heysham.

National Grid says this would create a ‘power ring’ around the north west coast giving Moorside a secure connection into the grid and allowing other generators to link into the network in future.

A 12-week consultation has begun in Cumbria and Lancashire to gauge reaction to the scheme.

The map is part of that process and shows the preferred route together with 'route corridors' and Electricity North West's existing power lines.

Some sections of the route may follow the path of existing lower voltage lines and it is possible some of these could be removed and replaced with higher voltage lines, says National Grid.

Project manager Robert Powell said: “This is a major milestone for National Grid. We have spent five years working on this project and from today, we start to share the detail of our proposals more widely.

“We’ve had discussions with local authorities from across the region as well as key organisations including the Lake District National Park Authority, English Nature and English Heritage.

“NuGen tells us that its proposed Moorside plant will generate enough electricity to supply around six million homes and we must find a way to securely connect their plant into our network while, at the same time, treading as lightly as possible on the treasured landscape and environment of Cumbria and north Lancashire.

“We’re now at the most crucial stage of our project. We’re looking forward to going into local communities to start the dialogue about our project. We’re encouraging people to share their views on the work we’ve done to date in order to help us refine the project we take forward.”

Kate Wilshaw, Friends of the Lake District planning officer, said: “We have worked with National Grid over the past five years to raise awareness of the sensitivity of the landscape and natural environment through which the electricity infrastructure will need to travel.

“Cumbria and the Lake District contain some of the most precious landscapes in England and we hope that a solution can be found to make sure these landscapes are kept safe. "

National Grid also wants views on alternative routes going south from Moorside offshore through the Irish Sea to the south or overland around the South Lakes and into north Lancashire. However, it is believed major environmental and technical challenges mean these are less likely to be taken forward.

Weblink: National Grid reveals dates and venues for nuclear power station power lines meetings

Weblink: North West Coast Connections website

Have your say

The quality of the route map on National Grids website is a disgrace

Posted by errant on 17 November 2014 at 16:34

What a surprise it looks like this is going to be routed down the coast towards the beautiful but underrated furness peninsula were alternative routes ever under consideration or was it just a big pr job? and what about compensation? does this just go to landowners who in the case of large farms / estates may live at a very remote distance or even not in the area at all what about ordinary people who's everyday lives are marred by these decisions or lose the value of their properties?

Posted by errant on 17 November 2014 at 16:32

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