Bramham to take 10 new electric pylons

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

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

According to National Grid, although 10 new pylons will be erected, six existing ones will be removed so there will be a net gain of four pylons.

Bramham parish council chairman Val Whitbread said: “National Grid came to a council meeting last week and residents were invited so they could ask questions.

“While there is going to be some disruption which we would be better without, my personal opinion is that they have been very helpful providing information to residents.

“The information they have given us says that once the work is done the pylons aren’t going to be any bigger that the other ones.”

There will also be 61 pylons refurbished between Knaresborough and Bramham, with work set to start at the end of the month and be completed by October next year.

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 section of footpath, known as Bramham 11, which will be open for use when site access is not required.

Work to the overhead line is necessary because the system between the village of Scotton in Knaresborough and Bramham, near Wetherby, was built in 1963 and has never been refurbished. While 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 people updated throughout the project and will be working closely with contractors to ensure work is carried out efficiently and with as little disruption as possible.