NATIONAL GRID IN NAILSEA

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2020

To Nailsea residents

POSTCARD FROM THE EDGE: National Grid has sent out this postcard to Nailsea residents living near its roadworks at Hanham Way. Unfortunately Bristol Water overran on its schedule so it has been decided to patch up the road and reopen it temporarily to traffic then resume work in the new year. From late Monday afternoon, November 30, Hanham Way is reopening. NG will be back in the new year to complete the work...its open see pic

School traffic cones donation

Following an approach from Nailsea School’s PTA, construction company, J Murphy and Sons has donated 150 traffic cones to help staff enforce bubble and one-way systems across the Mizzymead Road school site. 

J Murphy and Sons are undertaking vital infrastructure works for National Grid in the west end of  Nailsea, undergrounding 132kV electric cables from Nailsea to Portishead as part of the Hinkley Connection Project, which will connect six million UK homes and businesses to low carbon energy. 

Headteacher Dionne Elliot said: “The traffic cones around site have made such a difference - we’ve been able to clearly mark out one-way systems and areas to maintain our bubbles. Murphy’s  generosity is much appreciated.” 

J Murphy and Sons senior project manager Janel Sjorley said: “All the extra measures that schools  have had to put in place are a lot of extra work and responsibility for teachers and staff and we were  delighted to be able to help in such a practical way.” 

James Goode, National Grid project director James Goode said: “National Grid and our contractors on the Hinkley Connection want to be good neighbours in every community we are working in.

"This support for  Nailsea School is a part of that.” 

Once the work on undergrounding the electricity cables is complete, the two existing 132kV lines of  pylons, owned by Western Power Distribution (WPD) that run close to and over homes in Nailsea  will be taken down.

This work is expected to start in mid-2021.

This will make way for, and reduce the visual impact of, a new 400kV T-pylon line, situated further to the west of Nailsea, which  National Grid will also start constructing next year. 

National Grid AUTUMN newsletter

To read newsletter in full you can download HERE

No through road for Hanham Way, Nailsea

UPDATE: Hanham Way roadworks by the National Grid are slightly delayed and now expected to be in place from Friday, September 25. The signs on Hanham Way display the revised date and the National Grid website is being updated here: https://hinkleyconnection.co.uk/digging-trenches-and-installing-cable-ducts-in-the-west-end-of-nailsea/

The prediction is it could be closed until Christmas...

From Saturday, September 19, if you want to cut across the Causeway to get to Tickenham you will have to do a circular tour of Nailsea first as Hanham Way is going to closed to traffic until Christmas!

Likewise if you are heading to Parish Brook Road, Watery Way, Rhyne View or Brunel Road you may have to take a different route home.

A National Grid Hinkley Connection Project community team spokesman said: “To ensure the safety of road users and our workers, we need to close part of Hanham Way until December 2020.

“To help reduce the impact to residents, we’ve coordinated with Bristol Water so that essential work to reinforce and divert an existing water main on Hanham Way will take place at the same time.

“We anticipate the water works will also be completed by end of December but have agreed with the local highway authority a road closure on Hanham Way for up to six months.

“This added timeframe is precautionary, should the water works need to continue into early 2021.

”We know this closure will cause disruption to residents and delays to journeys.

“We are sorry about this and we’re continuing to work with Murphy and Bristol Water to reduce our impact and to complete these works and reopen Hanham Way as soon as possible.

”We’ve kept Nailsea Town Council updated and with the help of Nailsea People we’ve kept Nailsea residents up to date throughout construction.

“This week, we’ve issued letters to residents in the west end of Nailsea, enclosing the attached map to notify them of the road closure.

“For the residents closest to our work on Hanham Way, we’ve invited them to meet with members of our project team.

“To comply with Covid-19 safety guidelines and protect residents and our staff, there is an appointment system in place to ensure physical distancing is maintained, plus additional measures.

”Our community relations team is on hand 24/7 to ensure all concerns can be addressed.@

As part of the Hinkley Connection Project, National Grid’s contractor, Murphy, has completed the cable ducting in Engine Lane, along Blackfriars Road, Hannah More Road, and a section of Hanham Way.

 Work is currently underway on Queens Road and across the four-way junction on North Street, using traffic lights.

NG contractors have now completed the ducting in many areas. 

To manage how construction activity affects people and balance that impact with initiatives to support local communities and schools, National Grid welcomes applications from community groups and charities.

For further information on how these initiatives and how to apply click HERE.

To stay up to date and find more information on all stages of the Hinkley Connection Project follow this likn to the National Grid website .

Hanham Way closure - from Saturday, September 19, 2020

Between September and December 2020, the plan to complete work on Hanham Way and contractors will need to close part of the road.

National Grid is working with the local highways authority to coordinate these works, with the priority being the safety of all users.

To help reduce impact to residents, National Grid has coordinated with Bristol Water so that essential work to reinforce and divert an existing water main on Hanham Way will take place at the same time.

They plan to complete the water works by the end of December 2020 but have agreed with the local highway authority a road closure on Hanham Way for up to six months.

This added timeframe is precautionary, should the water works need to continue into early 2021.

National Grid lead project manager Tony Dyas said: “We remain grateful to residents for their patience and understanding during these works.

"We’re continuing to keep Nailsea residents and the town council up to date throughout construction.”

The closure and diversion route is shown on the map.

Advance notice signs and traffic diversions will be clearly marked for road users.

Access will be maintained for residents and for emergency vehicles, but ‘through access’ won’t be possible.

Tony Dyas added: “We know this closure will cause disruption to residents and delays to journeys and we are sorry about this.

"We are working with Murphy and Bristol Water to reduce our impact where we can and to complete these works and reopen Hanham Way as soon as possible.”

By September 2021, the underground cables between Nailsea and Portishead will be operational.
Together with their contractor, Balfour Beatty – National Grid will take down the two lines of pylons that run close to and over homes in Nailsea and prepare to build the new T-pylons from Sandford to Seabank.

Nailsea in news with National Grid

The National Grid summer update features a photograph which first appeared here on Nailsea People of Reggie, aged nearly three, admiring the diggers near his home.

Also it has another photo of 'men at work' on The Causeway and contains the latest Hinkley Connection Project news over four pages including pictures of the first old pylons being demolished further down the line.

To download your copy click HERE.

National Grid new roadworks

The closure of Hannah More Road, Nailsea, remains in place until mid-August.

Access to local businesses on Hannah More Road has been maintained from Queens Road throughout this temporary closure.

From Thursday, July 30, the work to install the cable ducting will move to the lower end of Hannah More Road.

Contractor, Murphy, has continued to keep businesses in this area updated.

The official diversion routes will be signposted for motorists. 

National Grid is working with its contractors to reopen roadd as soon as possible.

The work schedule has been revised with reduced closure times:

  • Blackfriars Road, digging trenches and installing cable ducts continues until mid-August with traffic lights in place

  • Hannah More Road digging trenches and installing cable ducts continues until mid-August with road closed - see diversion map

  • Queens Road and North Street four-way junction digging trenches and installing cable ducts starts soon - watch this space - and will have two, three and four way traffic lights

  • Hanham Way digging trenches, installing cable ducts and joint bays starts mid September throught to mid December with road closure and new diversion map to come 

Nailsea mum Liana Bennett said: "The machinery has been a welcomed sight during lockdown.

"My little boy loves to see them.

"The workers always wave and beep - a credit to Murphy."

Liana took the photo of her son admiring the roadworks.

Please note these dates may change at short notice.

For more information go to  https://hinkleyconnection.co.uk/digging-trenches-and-installing-cable-ducts-in-the-west-end-of-nailsea/

MP Liam Fox on case Cadbury Camp cables

North Somerset MP LIam Fox visited concerned constituents this summer about potential blight of their properties due to the new pylons.

This is properties on Tickenham Ridge and towards Cadbury Camp.

At Tickenham Ridge, the cables will follow the only natural gap in the woodland and cross the end of Cadbury Camp Lane.

From there it will run between Clapton-in-Gordano and Portbury, avoiding the ancient Priors Wood.

The line will then turn north-east to run parallel with the M5 near Portishead before crossing the A369 and continuing on to cross the River Avon to the west of the existing line toward Avonmouth.

At a public enquiry back in 2015 it was said the ‘real cost’ would be to the fauna and flora including bats, birds, otters and the animals at Noah’s Ark zoo farm, the disturbance to peat bogs and listed buildings some of which date back to the Doomsday Book and the fears of ’cancer cluster’ health risks which dominated the arguments against overhead pylons which was voiced at Nailsea.

At the time Stewart Plant, of Tickenham Court Farm, talked of his concern for the remains on his land of a Roman villa which dates back to 100AD and how a plough had hit underground water pipes which resurfaced and exposed the peat causing it to ‘shrink’.

Peat exposed to the air decomposes and turns into carbon dioxide.

He said: “We have a huge interest in keeping peat wet because if CO2 levels rise we won’t be here.”

Cadbury Camp Lane resident John Miles and his neighbour Alistair Cole talked of their rural ‘no through’ road being ‘sandwiched’ between 132K voltage cables going underneath homes and 400K voltage cables overhead.

Mr Cole whose home would be ‘worthless’ said his family had lived with ‘catastrophic’ stress in the decade since the pylon plan was revealed.

Dr Fox said he will be taking up their case again with both the National Grid UK and Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy

Engine Lane, June 2020

Haham Way June 2020

Cable street at Nailsea

National Grid together with its contractors, Murphy, is digging trenches and installing cable ducts ready to install underground cables between Nailsea and Portishead substation.

In May 2020, it started to install cable ducts in the west end of Nailsea along Engine Lane, Blackfriars Road, Hannah More Road, Queens Road, North Street (four way junction) and Hanham Way.

To keep everyone safe while working on the highways it is necessary to use traffic lights, restrict parking and temporarily close some roads.

Contractors have put up advance notice signs to let local road users know of any traffic restrictions and road closures.

Access will be maintained throughout with diversion signs to show alternative routes.

During the next few months, there will be roadworks in the following locations:

  • Blackfriars Road - temporary traffic lights with ‘No Parking’ restrictions in areas where contractors are working.

  • Hanham Way - from Monday to Monday, June 22-Jul 7, traffic lights

  • Hannah More Road - from Saturday, July 4, to mid-August road closure, see diversion map top

  • Hanham Way - September to December TBC - division map to come

  • Queens Road and North Street Monday to Friday, August 3-September18, TBC traffic lights

Please note these dates may change at short notice.

National Grid expect to complete ducting in the west end of Nailsea by December 2020 and then return next year to pull the underground cables through the ducts.

A NG spokesman said: “We know this work will cause disruption to journeys and we’re sorry for any inconvenience.

“We will monitor traffic flows through the traffic lights to reduce queues, avoid turning the traffic lights on at peak traffic times wherever possible and continue to work closely Murphy to minimise disruption as best we can.

“The traffic management has been coordinated and agreed with the local Highway Authority.

“Our priority is safety of the public and our staff.

“Thank you for your patience and understanding.”

Further information on the National Grid website by clicking HERE.

MEN IN ORANGE: Work started this week at Engine Lane as construction workers maintain social distancing while digging deep trenches for National Grid. Traffic lights are in operation and road diversion signs point along Blackfriars Industrial Estate

Work starts digging trenches

As part of the Hinkley Connection Project, National Grid’s contractor, Murphy, will start work to dig trenches and install cable ducts in the west end of Nailsea from Monday, May 11, 2020.

They will start in Engine Lane and will continue along Blackfriars Road, Hannah More Road, Queens Road, North Street and Hanham Way.

National Grid has sent residents and businesses in the west end of Nailsea a postcard with an update and information about this work -see top.

National Grid is working with the local Highways Authority to coordinate and agree the traffic management, with the priority being the safety of all users.

On Engine Lane, they will close part of the road where it meets with Blackfriars Road for approximately two weeks.

Access will be maintained throughout with diversion signs to show alternative routes and advance notice signs in place to let local road users know of traffic restrictions, including further road closures.

Dates for work on the other roads will be posted on the project website once confirmed HERE.

National Grid lead project manager Tony Dyas said: “We recognise that traffic lights will cause delays and inconvenience.

"Working with our contractors, we will minimise disruption as best we can by monitoring traffic flows through the traffic lights to reduce queues and avoiding turning the traffic lights on at peak traffic times wherever possible and access will be maintained throughout the works.”

The ducting work in this area is due to be complete by December 2020 and then Murphy will return next year to pull the underground cables through the ducts.

Once the cables are in place and operational, the next step is to start to take down two lines of existing pylons between Nailsea and Portishead and to build the new line of T-pylons from Sandford to Seabank.

Balfour Beatty will build the new pylons for National Grid and are carrying out surveys along the route to help plan the final designs for the overhead line and new pylon locations.

The Hinkley Connection Project is a critical national infrastructure project.

It has to continue to ensure the future running of the network.

Construction activity and the number of workers on site have been significantly reduced across the project.

National Grid has also introduced stringent site operating procedures to safeguard our workers and local communities and to ensure government guidance on social distancing is met.

Tony added: "We are very grateful to our workers on site and the local communities for their support at such a critical time for our country, and into the future.”

TUNNEL VISION: To read the spring 2020 edition of the Hinkley Connection Project update click HERE. This newsletter includes an update on the construction work across the region including Nailsea and how the company is responding to the coronavirus lockdown. National Grid is burying its cables to link to the new Hinkley nuclear power station and making a ginormous road junction in the process...more detailed information of the project and all current activities can be found at the project website HERE.

National Grid roadworks

The Hinkley Connection Project, which will connect low-carbon energy from EDF’s new Hinkley Point C power station to UK homes and businesses is continuing to dig up the roads of North Somerset.

As part of this project, contractors, J Murphy’s & Sons Ltd, is currently installing 10.5 km of underground electricity cables between the west end of Nailsea and Portishead substation.

Some of the work will be on public roads and they will need to manage traffic to keep residents, road users and workers safe. 

I am getting in touch to let you know that we've needed to reschedule the trenching work on Engine Lane/Blackfriars Road that was due to start from Monday 9 March. This work is now likely to start from Monday 16 March. 

Our website has been updated and the traffic signs in the area have been updated to notify residents, businesses and road users. 

I’ll keep you updated as this work progresses - if you have any questions, please do come back to me.

I hope you enjoyed your break away!

All the best for now

From Thursday, February 27, there is:

  • Two way traffic lights on Clevedon Road (B13130), Tickenham – for a maximum of two weeks.

  • Temporary road closure on Church Lane, Tickenham – until end of March 2020. 

  • Temporary road closure on Washing Pound Lane, Tickenham - until end of March 2020.

  • Temporary road closure on Sheepway, Portbury - until mid-March 2020. There will also be restricted access to Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve from Sheepway during this closure.

Later in the programme, work will start in the west end of Nailsea and on Whitehouse Lane.

From Monday, March 16 (revised date), there will be:

  • Temporary traffic lights on Engine Lane and Blackfriars Road - until early April 2020. Parking could be a problem as No Waiting signs will be put out along Blackfriars

From Tuesday, April 14, there will be:

  • Temporary road closure on Whitehouse Lane, Wraxall – until early May 2020.

From Wednesday, May 6 (unti Monday,June 1) 

  • Temporary road closure on Hannah More Road - from 6 May until 1 June 2020.

The scheduled dates for working on the highways may change at short notice.

A NG spokesman said: "We recognise that traffic management on public roads can cause temporary disruption and we are sorry for the inconvenience.

"We are committed to keeping businesses and residents up to date, we’ve sent letters to explain and provide notice of our work and put out advance warning signs along the roads affected.

To learn more click HERE. 

HANHAM WAY
ENGINE LANE

END OF FEBRUARY: National Grid began work this month to install the underground cables between a Nailsea and Portishead substation and first up was the construction of 'temporary' road entrances to its sites at Hanham Way and Engine Lane. Well contractors J Murphy & Sons Ltd could have fooled me but look at the size of the entrance - it looks more like a road leading to a major motorway junction. The work is expected to take approximately eight months and when the access roads are complete and the construction area is fenced and secure, work will begin on excavating trenches to construct ducts and joint bays for the installation and connection of the cables. Once the cables are in place and operational, the next step is to start to take down existing pylons and prepare to build new T-Pylons to the west of Nailsea. This work will be undertaken by Balfour Beatty. 

PEOPLE POWER: National Grid winter newsletter makes several mentions of Nailsea and Nailsea people. To read download HERE

National Grid diggers find old stone seam

Fears that the large stones uncovered by National Grid while excavating on the outskirts of Nailsea will be ground down for road rubble have angered Nailsea people.

Contractors have hit a flat stone seam while working on Watery Lane.

In the past North Somerset house builders have used this natural resource which is now a scarce commodity.

Stone mason Fiona Parker said: "National Grid is very likely to crush the rubble for the roads or landfill,

"I have spoken to NG but they don’t know what’s happening with it.

"It is very hard these days to source - it's like gold dust.

"The foundations of the old Glasswork ended up on garden rockeries and it would be awful if this is allowed to be wasted again.

"People don’t realise what it is, they think it is just mounds of mud."

Fiona has alerted North Somerset MP Liam Fox for support.

National Grid started work to install underground cables between Nailsea and Portishead substations at the beginning of January.

And in 18 months they could start taking down the pylons closest to our homes.

The road signs are to direct construction site traffic through the town. 

The cables are part of National Grid’s Hinkley Connection Project which, once complete, will connect new sources of low carbon energy, such as Hinkley Point C, to homes and businesses.

National Grid’s contractors on the underground cable, J Murphy & Sons Ltd, have begun building temporary entrances and access roads, developing access routes, and installing secure fencing around the whole of the construction area.

The first stage of work began on Tuesday, January 7, building temporary road entrances to the construction areas from Engine Lane and Hanham Way/Watery Lane in the west end of Nailsea.

Temporary day time traffic lights on Engine Lane and Hanham Way, is diverting pedestrian access towards the lower end of Hanham Way and Watery Lane.

Once the access roads are completed and the construction area is fenced and secure, work will begin on excavating trenches to construct ducts and joint bays for the cables and installation and connection of the cables.

The nature of the trenching and cable laying process means that residents will in some areas see intense periods of activity, along with quieter phases, but access will remain controlled throughout the construction period.

National Grid expects to complete the work by autumn 2021.

Once the cables are in place and operational, the next step is to start to take down existing pylons and prepare to build new T-Pylons to the west of Nailsea.

This work will be undertaken by Balfour Beatty.

Details of the T-Pylon construction programme are being finalised and will be available soon.

WEEK ONE: National Grid started work this week to install the underground cables between Nailsea and Portishead substation but there isn’t a lot to see.  Contractors J Murphy & Sons Ltd moved a couple of diggers onsite at Hanham Way and Engine Lane to build temporary road entrances and traffic lights will be operational between 7.30am-3.30pm daily.  The cables are part of the Hinkley Connection Project expected to last `8 months. When the access roads are complete and the construction area is fenced and secure, work will begin on excavating trenches to construct ducts and joint bays for the cables and installation and connection of the cables. Once the cables are in place and operational, the next step is to start to take down existing pylons and prepare to build new T-Pylons to the west of Nailsea. This work will be undertaken by Balfour Beatty

National Grid start 

digging in Nailsea

The mystery of the NG yellow signs appearing around Nailsea is solved.

National Grid starts work to install the underground cables between Nailsea and Portishead substations this month.

And in 18 months time they could start taking down the pylons closest to our homes.

The road signs are to direct construction site traffic through the town. 

The cables are part of National Grid’s Hinkley Connection Project which, once complete, will connect new sources of low carbon energy, such as Hinkley Point C, to homes and businesses.

National Grid’s contractors on the underground cable, J Murphy & Sons Ltd, will start work at various locations building temporary entrances and access roads, developing access routes, and installing secure fencing around the whole of the construction area.

The first stage of work begins on Tuesday, January 7, with building temporary road entrances to our construction areas from Engine Lane and Hanham Way/Watery Lane in the west end of Nailsea.

This work requires the use of temporary traffic lights on Engine Lane and Hanham Way, with diverted pedestrian access towards the lower end of Hanham Way and Watery Lane.

When the access roads are complete and the construction area is fenced and secure, work will begin on excavating trenches to construct ducts and joint bays for the cables and installation and connection of the cables.

The nature of the trenching and cable laying process means that residents will in some areas see intense periods of activity, along with quieter phases, but access will remain controlled throughout the construction period.

National Grid expects to complete the work by autumn 2021.

Once the cables are in place and operational, the next step is to start to take down existing pylons and prepare to build new T-Pylons to the west of Nailsea.

This work will be undertaken by Balfour Beatty.

Details of the T-Pylon construction programme are being finalised and will be available soon.

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