Viking Link underground cable route corridor options confirmed
Friday, Mar 17, 2017
Subject to survey, the route corridor option to the east of Aswardby, Langton and Sausthorpe in the north section and the route corridor to the west of the South Forty Foot Drain in the south section have been chosen

Following a series of investigations and assessments, the National Grid Viking Link (NGVL) project team has confirmed the preferred route corridor options for two sections of the underground cable route corridor, known as the purple route corridor.

Subject to survey, the north section to the east of Aswardby, Langton and Sausthorpe and the south section to the west of the South Forty Foot Drain have been confirmed as the preferred route options for the direct current (DC) cables.

In the south section, there is an opportunity to adjust the route corridor. This adjustment helps to shorten the length of the route; reduces the land take required during construction and provides a better location to cross the South Forty Foot Drain.

In addition to identifying the most appropriate route corridor options, the corridor of interest has been narrowed down from 1 kilometre to 200 metres wide. Assessments are ongoing to identify an alignment within this reduced corridor as well as suitable access points to the highway network and locations for temporary construction areas.

Oliver Wood, National Grid Viking Link Project Director, said: “In December 2016, we confirmed the purple route corridor as the preferred cable route corridor for the pair of underground DC electricity cables and an optional smaller fibre optic cable between the preferred landfall site at Boygrift, East Lindsey and the preferred converter station site at North Ing Drove, South Holland.

“At the time, we felt we needed to carry out further surveys and assessments before we could confirm the preferred options for two sections to the north and south ends of the purple corridor.

“These east and west route corridor options take into account the feedback we received from local communities as well as other stakeholders during our Phase 2 consultation held last year. It also considers factors such as access to existing road networks, engineering and technical requirements. At this stage, we believe these options will help to minimise any impact on the area.”

The project intends to hold a further round of public information drop-in events to share its’ final proposals with local communities before submitting its planning applications to the local planning authorities in summer 2017.

Viking Link underground cable route corridor options confirmed

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