Oct 17, 2016

National Grid announces start date for consultation on £2.8bn Cumbrian connection

National Grid has announced that it will start consultation on Friday 28 October on the detailed proposals for the £2.8bn project to connect the proposed new nuclear power station at Moorside in Cumbria into the electricity network.


A series of 30 public information events will be held in Cumbria and Lancashire to share information for the first time on the technologies which could be used to make the new connections and exactly where in the landscape they could be built. (See Notes to Editors for a full list of event times, dates and venues).

Robert Powell, North West Coast Connections Project Manager said: “We have been working on this project for six years now and, in that time, we’ve had thousands of conversations with communities and key groups. We have listened to their views and these have helped us shape our plans.

“This work has taken a long time but we feel that it is important for us to get the balance right between the cost of the project, which is ultimately passed on to bill payers and the desire to protect treasured landscapes.

“When we start consultation, we will show people exactly where in the landscape our pylons, underground cables and substations could sit.”

People are being urged to have their say on the latest proposals. National Grid is aiming to apply to the Government next year for permission for the connection to be built. This means that the forthcoming consultation could be the last to cover the whole route.

Robert added: “People’s views have played an important role in helping us refine our project and we are keen to hear their opinions on the plans we have now developed. The next step is for us to apply for consent for the connections to be built, so it is important that people make the most of what could be the final opportunity to have a say on the project as a whole.”


Consultation starts on 28 October 2016 and runs until 6 January 2017. People can register online now for project updates and further information on how to participate in the consultation is available on the website and will be sent to homes and businesses along the route.

The project website can be found at:

For further information about the project, please contact the project team direct using any of the following methods:

 Freephone: 0800 876 6990
 Email:
 Freepost: Freepost NG NWCC

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