Motorists in Somerset inspired to plan forward as essential engineering works to allow low carbon power mission happen

Motorists in Somerset encouraged to plan ahead as crucial engineering works to enable low carbon energy project take place

As a part of the Hinkley Connection Challenge, which can ship residence grown low carbon power to 6 million houses and companies, wires should be put in on a piece of the newly constructed T-pylons subsequent to the M5 and lowered and faraway from present pylons.

To guard residents, street customers and folks engaged on the mission, the M5 shall be closed between junctions 19 and 21 in each instructions in a single day for 3 nights in April and two nights in June, in order that scaffolding wanted for the works could be erected after which eliminated when the work is accomplished. The closures have been deliberate for midweek and in a single day when there may be least site visitors.

Northbound, there shall be a full diversion route in place from J21 for all automobiles alongside the A370 and the A4 to re-join the motorway at J18.  There’s a further diversion route for mild automobiles solely from Clevedon alongside the B3130 and B3128 to the A370.

Southbound, there shall be a full diversion route in place from J18 for all automobiles alongside the A4 and A370 to re-join the motorway at J21.  There’s a further diversion route for mild automobiles solely from J19 alongside the A369 and B3128 to the A370.

In a single day on Friday, 12 Could, there can even be a closure of all carriageways on the junction 18a slip street of the M5 at Avonmouth.  That is to allow decreasing and restoration of ropes used throughout the dismantling and elimination of the prevailing 132kV wires within the space, between Portishead substation and Avonmouth substation.

Bristol Metropolis Council has confirmed its Clear Air Zone cost shall be lifted on the diversion routes whereas this work to assist join low carbon power to houses and companies takes place.

Date of in a single day closures

Time of closure

Location of closure

Tuesday 25 April
Wednesday 26 April
Thursday 27 April

10pm to 5am

M5 Junction 19 to 21 in each instructions

Friday 12 Could

10pm to 2am

M5 Junction 18a slip street in each instructions

Monday 5 June
Tuesday 6 June

10pm to 5am

M5 Junction 19 to 21 in each instructions














Extra street closures with full diversions within the space throughout this era are:

Date of closure

Time of closure

Location of closure

Tuesday 11 April – Sunday 18 June

Full closure

Caswell Hill

Wednesday 12 April – Sunday 7 Could

Full closure

Sheepway Street

Monday 15 Could – Friday 9 June

Full closure

Causeway, Nailsea


Aden Valuable, Challenge Supervisor for overhead strains on Nationwide Grid’s Hinkley Connection Challenge mentioned: “These closures are necessary to make sure the protection of all street customers and our employees as we proceed our work to assemble this significant, nationally important low carbon electrical energy infrastructure. We work carefully with Nationwide Highways and native authorities to do all we will to minimise disruption and have deliberate these closures in a single day when there may be least site visitors on the roads. We apologise for any inconvenience and longer journey instances throughout these intervals.”



Notes to Editors:

The Hinkley Connection Challenge is a brand new high-voltage electrical energy connection between Bridgwater and Seabank close to Avonmouth. It’s a important funding within the area’s electrical energy community and can allow us to attach new sources of residence grown low-carbon power to houses and companies, together with Hinkley Level C.

It can play a significant position in delivering electrical energy safely, effectively and reliably, and help the UK’s ambition to realize its web zero by 2050 goal.

Important milestones embody:

  • Development and commissioning of two substations, at Shurton and Sandford.
  • Set up of 8.5km of underground cable underneath the Mendip Hills Space of Excellent Pure Magnificence.
  • Development of Loxton Cable Sealing Finish, subsequent to the M5 the place the T-pylons join into the underground cables.
  • 150 present pylons eliminated so far.  249 in complete shall be faraway from the Somerset panorama as a part of the mission.
  • Energisation of the brand new high-voltage electrical energy connection between Bridgwater and Sandford, together with 36 of the world’s first T-pylons.

The mission has so far awarded greater than £1.1 million in neighborhood grants to 75 totally different tasks in areas close by and ensured entry to the most recent science and expertise tools for greater than 400,000 native pupils within the South West by way of the Hinkley Connection Challenge Training Fund.

The Hinkley Connection mission started development in 2018 shall be prepared to connect with Hinkley Level C by the tip of 2024, with the mission full, together with reinstatement on the finish of 2025.

Nationwide Grid within the UK
Nationwide Grid sits on the coronary heart of Britain’s power system. The person corporations in our group run the networks and infrastructure that join tens of millions of individuals to the electrical energy they use every single day.

Our regulated companies personal and develop the excessive voltage electrical energy transmission (ET) community in England and Wales, and the electrical energy distribution (ED) community within the Midlands, South West England and South Wales. The electrical energy system operator (ESO) is the legally separate (and within the strategy of turning into absolutely unbiased) arm of our group which manages provide and demand on Britain’s electrical energy transmission networks. Working individually from these core regulated models, Nationwide Grid Ventures (NGV) focusses on aggressive markets, investing in power tasks, applied sciences and partnerships akin to electrical energy interconnectors.

We carry power to life, with an ambition to serve our prospects properly, help the communities by which we function, and make doable a clear, inexpensive and resilient power community of the longer term.

Discover out extra in regards to the power problem and the way Nationwide Grid helps discover options to among the challenges we face at

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