National Grid Invites Bedworth Residents To Know More About £15m Power Line Project

  • National Grid holds event to share detail of £15m overhead line refurbishment project
  • Total of 60 pylons will get new wires and a fresh coat of paint during the nine-month long project
  • National Grid webpage available for people to find out more about this vital project which will keep energy flowing to the Midlands and beyond

WARWICK, 01-May-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Bedworth residents are being invited to find out more about National Grid’s £15m project to keep the lights on across Bedworth, the Midlands and beyond.

The company is putting on an information event to share the detail of the project which will see a major refurbishment of the overhead power between Hams Hall substation near Coleshill and Coventry substation near Exhall.

New wires are being installed on the pylons and all will get a fresh coat of paint. The line is part of the high voltage electricity network which carried electricity to towns and cities across the country.

The event is on from 3pm-8pm on Wednesday 3 May at Bedworth Heath Community Centre, Smorrall Lane, Bedworth, CV12 0JP. Representatives from National Grid and Balfour Beatty, the contractor, will be on hand to talk about the work. They’ll also answer any questions visitors may have about the refurbishment of 60 pylons along the 20km route.

Ben McKenzie-Williams, project manager at National Grid, said: “This upgrade is vital. It’ll ensure communities have a safe, efficient and reliable source of electricity for years to come.  Maintaining the electricity network is an important job for National Grid. Making improvements such as this will help us meet the country’s increasing demand for power.

“A full refurbishment like this happens every 40 years. As part of the work we’re replacing wires, fittings and steelwork that hold the wire in place. We’ll also paint each pylon after the refurbishment work has finished. We’ll also need to close some sections of road and footpaths temporarily between May and August. This event is part of our commitment to keep the local community informed as work progresses. We also want to give local people as much notice as possible about our timings and road and footpath closures.”

Anyone with questions about the event or the overhead power line refurbishment work can contact National Grid’s Community Relations team on 0800 073 1047, available daily from 7am and 7pm. For more information visit http://www2.nationalgrid.com/UK/In-your-area/Projects/Coleshill-Bedworth/

Contact for media information only

Press officer – Infrastructure Projects
Jeanette Unsworth
jeanette.unsworth@nationalgrid.com
+44 (0)7785 290230
+44 (0)7785 290230

Notes to Editors:

National Grid is one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world and was named Responsible Business of the Year 2014 by Business in the Community. This accolade acknowledges all of our efforts in getting involve with the things that really matter to us and to society. We own and manage the grids that connect people to the energy they need, from whatever the source.  In Britain and the north-eastern states of the US we run systems that deliver gas and electricity to millions of people, businesses and communities.

In Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.  In the North Eastern US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles.

National Grid in the UK:

  • We own the high-voltage electricity transmission network in England and Wales, operating it across Great Britain
  • We own and operate the high pressure gas transmission system in Britain
  • We also own a number of related businesses including LNG importation, land remediation and metering
  • Our portfolio of other businesses is mainly concerned with infrastructure provision and related services where we can exploit our core skills and assets to create value. These businesses operate in areas such as Metering, Grain LNG Import, Interconnectors and Property. National Grid Carbon Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of National Grid. It undertakes Carbon Capture Storage related activities on behalf of National Grid.

Find out more about the energy challenge and how National Grid is helping find solutions to some of the challenges we face at www.nationalgridconnecting.com

National Grid undertakes no obligation to update any of the information contained in this release, which speaks only as at the date of this release, unless required by law or regulation.

SOURCE: National Grid

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