Anti-pylon campaign flags up buried lines in London
ANGRY campaigners have pointed to National Grid’s activities in undergrounding cables in England, in contrast to their intention to run high voltage cables on pylons across Anglesey, The contrast has prompted campaigners to say: “If you can do it in England then why not Wales?”
The Grid’s latest press release shows they have cut a series of tunnels under London to house cables – while they say it is too expensive to underground cables on Anglesey.
Dave Neal of Anglesey Says NO to Pylons said of National Grid: “In their own words this is an innovative project with real economies, they say that by housing the cables in deep underground tunnels there will be a number of benefits.
“These benefits will be, less disruption during construction, less disruption for maintenance and repairs, future repairs and maintenance works can be carried out without disrupting traffic, residents and businesses and finally additional cables can be installed in tunnels to meet future demand.”
Mr Neal added: “the Grid’s refusal to put the cables underground here mean Anglesey will see none of the London project benefits and instead will see massive and continued disruption to the community, through the installation and servicing of pylons and overhead lines.
“The London project built 24 miles of tunnels under London to house the high voltage cable necessary for the Grid to complete a connection project, the distance is very similar to that they propose to run over the island of Anglesey.”
Pam Lee of the no pylons team said “we should all remember the costs purported by National Grid for undergrounding over the rural landscape of Anglesey are estimated at £1.1 billion as a minimum, how can it be then they can drill and construct over 20 miles of tunnels under London for £1 billion?
“The cost estimates for Anglesey are just not plausible.
“It just looks like there is a double standard here.”