Work starts today on Richborough Connection Project

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National Grid has today started work on the construction of a new 400kV overhead line between Richborough and Canterbury.

03 Oct 2017

Construction starts on the Richborough Connection Project


National Grid has today (3 October) started work to build the Richborough Connection Project, a new 400kV overhead line between Richborough and Canterbury. 


The line will connect Nemo Link® (an electricity link between Herdersbrug near Bruges in Belgium and Richborough, near Sandwich in the UK) to our high voltage electricity network. It will ensure the UK has a safe, reliable and secure electricity supply.


The new overhead line will be ready to connect Nemo Link in late 2018 and the UK Power Networks’ line will be taken down between 2019 and 2021.


The work follows the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s decision in August to give the project the green light after a lengthy consultation process which sought the views of local land owners, tenants, the local community and stakeholders.


During the first few months of construction, National Grid will be working to set up site offices near Westbere, as well clearing some vegetation along the route. This is in preparation for constructing temporary access roads for putting up the pylons and installing the wiring later.


Work will also continue at Canterbury North substation and Richborough substation, to install new equipment, upgrade the existing technology and extend the substation buildings, ready for the new connection.


Commenting on the start of construction, Graham Dolamore, Project Director, said:


“I’m delighted that we are able to start this work following approval from the Secretary of State.  Throughout the project we will work responsibly and safely, and keep local residents informed about what we are doing.  For the most up to date information, I encourage you to regularly check our website ( Or if you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch on our freephone number 0800 157 7878”.


Graham added: “During our works, there will also be a small number of occasions where temporary road and public rights of way closures and diversions will be required. Kent County Council will publish details of all closures and diversions on an interactive map on their website”. 


Project background


Our project includes the following key elements:

  • Construction of a 20km 400kV overhead line and pylons
  • The removal of an existing 132kV UK Power Networks overhead line
  • Localised temporary and permanent diversions of existing lower voltage overhead lines in the area, where our new proposed route would cross.
  • Other works such as temporary access roads, highway works, and temporary construction compounds, protective scaffold structures and work sites

Contact for media information only

Press officer - Infrastructure Projects
Jeanette Unsworth
+44 (0)7785 290230

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