Threat to Lake District National Park from pylons recedes
Trust welcomes National Grid's plans to reduce impact of Cumbrian connection by undergrounding new line in the National Park
The John Muir Trust has supported a concerted campaign by Friends of the Lake District to minimise the impact of a new transmission line to connect the proposed new nuclear power station at Moorside in Cumbria into the electricity network.
There was tremendous news this week that National Grid is planning to put 23.4km (14.5 miles) of the proposed new line underground through the entire western section of the Lake District National Park. This could also mean that existing lines there would be removed, leaving this part of the park free of pylons for the first time in 50 years.
Friends of the Lake District and other campaigners have worked hard for more than five years to raise awareness of the need to spare the Lake District National Park from pylons. Thanks are due to Trust members who added their support in response to our calls to action to support this campaign.
National Grid is now consulting on its proposals. The consultation runs until 6 January. Friends of the Lake District do still have some concerns about areas in the south west of Cumbria. These lie very close to the National Park boundary where pylons are still being proposed. Find out more on Friends of the Lake District's website here