National Grid: Work on overhead electricity lines

The Parish Council has received the following message from the National Grid

My name is Martin Bage and I’m National Grid’s Project Engineer for some essential refurbishment work that is needed on our overhead electricity line between Cottam Power Station in Nottinghamshire and Ufford, near Peterborough.As some of the work will take place in your parish I wanted to take this opportunity to write to you with more information.

Our work involves replacing the wires that run between the pylons over a 90km stretch, as well as some work on the pylons themselves. This is essential refurbishment work which will ensure that the line continues to provide a reliable supply of energy to homes and businesses in the area in the years to come.

Our main work will take place between March and September, however over the coming weeks, you may see our staff and contractors in the area as we begin preparatory and access work.

Most of the overhead line runs through farmland, where access will be agreed with the grantors. Where we need to temporarily divert any footpaths or bridleways, we will ensure we notify local people in advance.  We are working hard to keep any disruption to a minimum.

We are aiming to substantially complete our work by November 2022. Thereafter, the areas we’ve been working on will be reinstated and returned to the landowner.

This work will have no impact on power supplies in the area during the proposed refurbishment period.

Our experienced contractors, Morrison Energy Services will be carrying out this work under stringent health and safety measures to protect not just themselves but also the communities in which they operate. We continue to follow the most updated government guidance regarding Covd-19 and ensure that the decisions we’re making are in the best interests of our people and communities throughout this period.

We are in the process of creating a project website  where you can keep up to date with our work, and we will communicate this to you as soon as it is live. You can also find out about our Community Grant Programme which is aimed at community organisations and charities in the areas we are working.   

If you have any questions you can contact our Community Relations Team on 0800 319 6165 or email You can also write to us using our freepost address at the bottom of this email.

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