National grid plans more pylons

The National Grid are currently undertaking significant projects to expand the country’s power distribution network. These projects feed into the “great grid update”, described by National Grid as “the largest overhaul of the electricity grid in generations.” The projects include reinforcement of existing high voltage power network in areas which includes new over ground pylons, as well as completely new lines in other areas. There are undersea elements and the replacement of existing 1960’s cabling underground elsewhere.

There are elements of the schemes that could be disruptive to general aviation operations. The challenges could be as clear as a new vertical obstruction (pylon) in close proximity to an airfield, or high voltage lines suspended in a new area.

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The BGA Development Committee is in contact with potentially impacted gliding clubs.