Oct 7, 2015

National Grid reaches halfway point in information event programme for new connection project

National Grid is halfway through its programme of information events that are being held to show people how plans are shaping up for a new connection to link new sources of electricity, including the proposed new nuclear power station at Moorside, into ‘the grid’ in Cumbria and Lancashire. 


The company is encouraging people to come along to meet the North West Coast Connections project team and see the progress made since the company announced its chosen route for the new connections in June. A list of the remaining events is below.


Robert Powell, Project Manager, says: “These events are allowing us to continue the dialogue we started with communities during our consultation back in autumn 2014.


“At our events we’re sharing the work we’ve done so far, including our work with landowners, Electricity North West and other key groups to start to develop the initial design for the new connection. Over the coming months, we expect to further refine the design of the connection ahead of carrying out formal consultation next year.”


The proposed new power station at Moorside will be connected at two points on the existing National Grid network to ensure security of supply. National Grid’s chosen route corridor runs from Harker substation near Carlisle, largely following the path of existing low voltage power lines around the Cumbrian coast to Moorside. It then heads from Moorside to the Furness peninsula where it goes under Morecambe Bay to emerge at Middleton substation near Heysham, in Lancashire.


The company is keen to involve community groups in the development of its plans for the new connection. Organisations interested in arranging for a briefing on the project are asked to get in touch with the community relations team by calling freephone 0800 876 6990.


National Grid aims to submit an application for consent to build the new connection to the Planning Inspectorate in 2017. A decision will then be made by the Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change. If consent is granted, construction work is expected to start in 2019. National Grid is required to provide NuGen, the developer of the proposed nuclear power station, with the first phase of the connection into its transmission network by 2024.


People can register their details on the North West Coast Connections website to make sure they get updates on the project and are informed when the community events in the autumn are taking place:


Events Still to Take Place 


Thursday 8 October - 2pm - 8pm - Millom 

Millom Network Centre, Salthouse Road, Millom, Cumbria, LA18 5AB


Thursday 8 October - 2pm - 6pm - Roosecote (BUS EVENT) 

Roose Community Primary School, North Row, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, LA13 0HF


Friday 9 October - 2pm - 8pm - Grizebeck 

The Community Hall, Grizebeck, Kirkby in Furness, Cumbria, LA17 7XH


Saturday 10 October - 10am - 3.30pm - Seascale 

Seascale Methodist Church Hall, Gosforth Road, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1PU


Wednesday 14 October - 1pm - 5pm - Whitehaven 

NuGen's Moorside Information Centre, Civic Hall, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7SH


Wednesday 14 October - 2pm - 8pm - Moresby

Moresby Rugby Union Club, Walkmill Park, Moresby, Cumbria CA28 8XW


Thursday 15 October - 2pm - 8pm - Great Orton 

Great Orton Village Hall, Great Orton, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA5 6LU


Friday 16 October - 2pm - 8pm - Aspatria

Aspatria Rugby Club, Bower Park, Station Road, Aspatria, Cumbria, CA7 2AJ


Saturday 17 October - 10am - 3.30pm - Rockliffe

The Rockliffe Centre, Rockcliffe, Carlisle, Cumbria CA6 4AA


Wednesday 21 October - 2pm - 8pm - Drigg 

Drigg & Carleton Parish Hall, Drigg, Holmrook, Cumbria, CA19 1XF


Thursday 22 October - 2pm - 8pm - Bootle 

Bootle Village Hall, Bootle Station, Cumbria, LA19 5UY


Friday 23 October - 2pm - 8pm - Askam-in-Furness

Askam Community Hall, Duke Street, Askam-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA13 0ND


Saturday 24 October - 10.00am - 3.30pm - Newton-in-Furness 

Newton Village Hall, Newton Cross Road, Newton-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA13 0ND


Thursday 29 October - 2pm - 8pm - Heysham 

Heysham Library, 396 Heysham Road, Heysham, Lancashire


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


Freephone: 0800 876 6990


Freepost: Freepost NG NWCC


People wishing to be notified of the outcome of the recent consultation and the option being taken forward are asked to register their details on the North West Coast Connections website: People registering their details will also be sent updates on the project and information on further engagement opportunities.

Solway Firth Partnership