Linking a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset to Seabank 3 at Avonmouth via towns in North Somerset...the building story


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.