Pylons to be constructed in Bramham

Electricity pylons. Picture: Garth Hamer.
Electricity pylons. Picture: Garth Hamer.

A £25m project to improve the Knaresborough electricity network will see the construction of 10 pylons in the Bramham area.

These pylons will hold a section of a 275,000 volt overhead line connecting a substation to the east of Bramham to an existing overhead line at Bramham Moor.

There will also be 61 pylons constructed between Knaresborough and Bramham, with work set to begin in June 2015.

Carried out by contractor Balfour Beatty, National Grid said the work on their system will help meet the increase in demand for electricity in the area and keep homes and businesses powered for years.

Project manager Mark Brennan said: “It is vital we upgrade this overhead line to cope with an increase in demand locally and secure a reliable supply of electricity for years to come.

“We will be installing temporary pylons in both Knaresborough and Bramham to ensure that electricity supply to local properties is not affected.

“We work closely with the community on all of our projects to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum, informing residents when and where we will be carrying out our work.”

Road closures will be in place during the project, including a two year closure of a section of Rooker Lane and Smithy Lane in Scotton. The lane will be available for use when access is not required.

A section of footpath, known as Bramham 11, will also be temporarily closed during intervals of construction, though it will be open for use when access is not required.

The overhead line between the village of Scotton in Knaresborough and Bramham, near Wetherby, was built in 1963 and has never been refurbished.

Whilst pylons will last for around 80 years, the fixtures, fittings and conductors usually have to be replaced at least once during their lifespan.

National Grid said they will keep the community updated throughout the project and will be working closely with contractors to ensure work is carried out as efficiently and with as little disruption as possible.