Power line upgrade stopped in its tracks

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A new 400,000 volt electricity power line will not be needed for years, it has been revealed.

The project, to upgrade a power line from Ipswich to Twinstead, running close to Hadleigh and Boxford, has been put on hold by National Grid.

The firm says it has found out that the companies proposing to build new power generators within East Anglia do not need the power line until the early 2020s. It had been needed for 2017.

During a consultation by National Grid with villagers living alongside the existing power line as well as other groups, campaigners fought successfully to get part of the power line buried underground in an area of outstanding national beauty.

County councillor James Finch said: “That National Grid pursued a scheme for so long which was clearly not needed at this time is a farce.

“Its decision to suspend the project is therefore a victory not only for common sense, but for the people of Suffolk.”

National Grid said it was still committed to the scheme and was writing to communities to explain what the latest announcement meant for them.

Brian Smethurst, senior project manager for National Grid, said: “It’s part of our role to connect people to the energy they use, and we routinely have to adjust our plans.

“This connection will be paid for through people’s electricity bills, so we must ensure we only build equipment when it is needed.”

He added: “We will continue to liaise to ensure this connection is delivered when it is required.”