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New Essential Infrastructure

Coleshill to Bedworth refurbishment

West Midlands

The power lines from Coleshill to Bedworth were built in the 1960s. Our job is to maintain the overhead power lines so the electricity network is kept in good working order. This ensures that everyone has the power they need on demand and that safety standards are upheld.

We’ve invested in the maintenance of equipment which, after half a century of service on the line, was due for refurbishment. Our work has included painting pylons and general refurbishment along the route, spanning 20 kilometres (12.5 miles) and 60 pylons. You may have seen our engineers carry out pylon repainting and refurbishment in sections, including the installation of new fittings, pylon steelwork and the wire itself.

The pylon route passed through Hams Hall National Distribution Park in Lea Marston, Shustoke, Fillongley, Wood End, Bedworth West, Goodyers End and Exhall

The electricity circuit on both sides is back in service. Nesting birds across the line caused delays to our programme. This means we’ll need to return to complete all the refurbishment work we’d planned. This will probably be in summer 2019.

To protect public safety and allow us to access the pylon sites, we temporarily closed some footpaths. The work is complete so all footpaths are now open. 

Please contact our Community Relations Team on 0800 073 1047 if you have any questions about the work. The team is available daily from 7am to 7pm.