National Grid is building a 57 km high voltage connection from Bridgwater to Avonmouth to take low carbon energy from EDF Energy’s new nuclear power station to UK homes and businesses.

As part of this work, National Grid is reconfiguring the electricity network and is taking down the two lines of pylons between Nailsea and Portishead which currently run very close to people’s properties. One of these lines will be replaced with an underground cable. This work is being done as a direct result of feedback and will help reduce the impact of new T-pylons being built in the area.

To prepare for the construction of the underground cable, excavation surveys are needed to identify and protect existing utility services in the west end of Nailsea.

Starting on Monday 9 September for approximately three weeks, excavation surveys will be carried out in the following locations:

  • Blackfriars Road (this will be the first location before progressing along the route)
  • On the junction connecting Hannah More Road and Queens Road
  • Along Queens Road
  • On the four-way junction connecting Queens Road, North Street and Hanham Way
  • Along Hanham Way.

To keep residents, road users and workers safe, temporary traffic lights will be used at each survey location.

Advance warning signs will be put out before the surveys start to inform road users of possible delays caused by this work,

National Grid is working closely with its contractor, Murphy & Sons Limited, to monitor and reduce traffic queues and to complete the roadworks as quickly as possible.

Construction of the underground cable is expected to start in early 2020.

You can find out more information on all stages of the project by visiting the Hinkley Connection Project website at www.hinkleyconnection.co.uk or by telephone on 0800 377 7347.