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Electricity cables to be moved underground

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks’ programme to replace overhead lines in areas that will benefit most from visual improvement has come to Bishop’s Waltham.

The project is part of a £15m investment programme by SSEN to move 90km of overhead distribution lines underground in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Parks and National Scenic Areas in central southern England and the north of Scotland.

The £150,000 programme around Bishop’s Waltham is now under way and is being carried out across land on Franklin, Dean and St Clair’s Farms; land which provides many people with footpaths and stunning views across the local countryside. The work to remove this section of the overhead network will also remove the necessity to carry out future tree-cutting works on the vegetation that lines the nearby bridleway.

A small, ground-mounted substation is also being built to replace overhead transformers.

To propose an area for a similar project, go to www.ssen.co.uk/undergrounding/.

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