NATIONAL GRID IN NAILSEA

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2020

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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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