Routes revealed for electricity line proposals

Beauty spot: There could be a tunnel under Morecambe Bay
Beauty spot: There could be a tunnel under Morecambe Bay
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Bosses behind a major electricity project have vowed to listen to residents’ views on how it could impact on Lancashire’s landscape.

The National Grid scheme to connect new sources of electricity into the national network has been in the pipeline for five years.

Fears were raised that new pylons could impact on striking landscapes in the north of Lancashire and in Cumbria, prompting calls for more of the scheme to take place off-shore.

Following initial consultations, National Grid has now put forward its preferred routes for the power lines and is asking residents to give more feedback.

The preferred options are:

• an onshore route north from Moorside to a point on the existing network at Harker, near Carlisle and

• an onshore route south from Moorside across the Barrow Peninsula and through a tunnel under Morecambe Bay which would come up near Heysham to connect into the existing network.

However, National Grid bosses claim there are “significant practical, environmental and technical challenges” to putting a route off-shore in the Irish Sea.

The consultation will begin in September, with people urging to register online now for updates on the project.

Project manager Robert Powell said: “We promise to listen, to learn from what we hear and then to seek to develop the project in a way which achieves a balance between meeting our future energy needs and protecting the very special landscapes it touches upon.”

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