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National Grid are starting work to remove 37 kilometres of existing pylons owned by Western Power Distribution (WPD) between Bridgwater and Sandford.

They are carrying out the work in stages between October 2021 and summer 2022. First, they will remove the wires that run between the pylons. Where the wires cross over roads, they will erect scaffolding and use controlled lifting systems to lower and recover the wires. After they have done that, they will remove the pylons, then the foundations, and finally reinstate the land.

Taking down pylons is a much smaller piece of work than erecting new ones, involving fewer vehicles over a much shorter length of time. Their contractor Balfour Beatty will use the most appropriate traffic routes and accesses to reach and remove each of the pylons along the route. The vehicles used for this work will display identity signs so they can be easily recognised as working to remove the pylons.

The removal of these pylons is part of the 67 kilometres of overhead line that will have been removed by the time the project is completed in 2025.