NATIONAL GRID IN NAILSEA

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2020

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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