Braintree: Underground cable proposal shelved as substation site chosen (From Braintree and Witham Times)
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Braintree: Underground cable proposal shelved as substation site chosen
9:00am Monday 9th September 2013 in News
Proposals to run ten miles of underground cabling from Braintree have been shelved after a new substation plan was announced.
National Grid has announced a site on the A131 near Wickham St Paul as its preferred option for a major regional upgrade project.
An alternative option was linking power lines with an existing substation at Braintree Freeport by running electricity cables from Braintree to Castle Hedingham.
But the idea, which was first proposed by the Stour Valley Underground campaign group, was dismissed by National Grid.
A spokesman said: “National Grid carefully considered this option, however due to significant high costs and likely impacts on archaeology and biodiversity it was discounted.”
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