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The story so far

The first stage of consultation on this project began in October 2009 and was completed in July 2011.

To reach this point we had explored 18 possible ways to connect the proposed new generation to the electricity network. This process is described in our Strategic Optioneering Report which recommends that a 400,000 volt overhead line between Bramford substation, in Suffolk and Twinstead Tee, in Essex should be taken forward.

We commissioned the Route Corridor Study (RCS) to look at environmental constraints between Bramford and Twinstead Tee. The RCS identified four broad widths of land within which an overhead line could be routed.   

Before we presented our proposals publicly, we consulted with local authorities on our Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC), which set out how we would go about this.

The findings of our Route Corridor Study formed the basis for this consultation.  We received over 3,000 individual responses which showed a preference for route corridor 2.  

We took into account all the issues raised during the consultation and you can find more detailed information about how we made our decision in our Selection of Preferred Corridor Report.

You can find further information about why we need to build a new connection in our Project Need Case for the East Anglia Region document.   Our approach to the design and routeing of new electricity transmission lines will explain the process we go through.