Bridgwater to Avonmouth – the “Hinkley Connection”
Update – 24th June 2021
Work will start on the Lampley Road on the 30th June 2021 to construct safe entrance ways into what will become the “linear” building site for the construction of the bases and the T pylons.
This work could last 8 weeks and temporary traffic lights will be in operation. An example of what will be created is already in place on the Kenn Road towards Clevedon.
You will be aware that the National Grid is building a connection to carry power from the new Hinkley Point power station on the Somerset coast, via Bridgwater and then to Avonmouth for distribution to up to 6 million homes and businesses. Newsletters have been posted on this website and the planting scheme that was run by National Grid has been adopted by several of our landowners.
The project has been underway for a couple of years already and as you travel around North Somerset (when permitted), there is more and more evidence of significant engineering activity.
This connection work will directly affect Kingston Seymour when the power lines above Lampley Road (at the Kingston Bridge end) are altered. The low ones will be altered by Western Power Distribution (planned for 2023) and the higher ones will be replaced by the National Grid project. In due course, there will be construction traffic roads laid by main contractor Balfour Beatty and there will be a controlled crossing point on Lampley Road.
A regular e-newsletter is now produced by National Grid and this can be found here
KS residents will receive a letter from National Grid (Copy letter text. PDF opens in a new window) the next steps and the link below takes you to the section of their website that deals with the next phase
There’s a section in the newsletter entitled “In your area” and for this purpose, our immediate area is called “Puxton to Kenn”. A map taken from this section and showing our immediate area is here
At the foot of the e-newsletter there is an invitation to receive the e-newsletter directly to your inbox if you wish to and for more and other information, the Hinkley Connection website is here Link to Hinkley Connection Website (opens in a new window)
Steve Dixon, Parish Clerk, 4th February 2021
Update – 6th June 2021
If you are interested in the construction of the actual power station, a series has started on the BBC – and is becoming available on BBC iPlayer – called “Building Britain’s Biggest Nuclear Power Station”