Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Steel towers to disappear from Cairngorms landscape

Post Thumbnail

They are imposing industrial structures among the otherwise unspoiled landscape of the Cairngorms National Park.

But now work is under way to remove the final steel transmission towers between Boat of Garten and Kingussie.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has started work to dismantle and remove the stretch of 25 miles of overhead line, supported by 120 steel transmission towers.

During 2011 and 2012 33 miles of overhead line was removed from the park, east of Boat of Garten and across the Lecht to Cairnmore in Aberdeenshire.

These remaining improvements are the final major element of the Beauly-Denny transmission project which has replaced the spine of Scotland’s electricity transmission network between the Highlands and the Central Belt.

The work is beginning now to minimise the potential for disruption to sensitive breeding birds, including capercaillie and ospreys, later in the year. If weather conditions allow, the towers should all be gone by summer.

Lead project manager Donnie Scobie said: “It might seem surprising that we are starting work at this time of year, when winter weather presents some extra challenges to the team working on site.

“It’s partly a reflection of the sensitive environment we’re working in. The initial focus of our work is the section of overhead line between Boat of Garten and Aviemore, which includes locations where we need to avoid potential disturbance to capercaillie or ospreys during the breeding season.

“The work we are carrying out will bring a permanent improvement to one of Scotland’s most important landscapes, but we also need to minimise any short term impacts on local people and the environment. Our environmental team and our contractors are working closely with the Cairngorms National Park Authority and Scottish Natural Heritage to ensure the right measures are in place to do that.”

Previous work to remove overhead power lines from the eastern approach to the National Park was completed early in the construction of the 137 mile Beauly-Denny line.

New underground electricity distribution cables have now been installed to enable the removal of this further section of overhead line by replacing its role in powering local communities.

As part of the Beauly-Denny works, a further six miles of 132 kilovolt overhead line has also been replaced by underground cable in Perthshire from Amulree in the Sma’ Glen, north of Crieff, and Whitebridge, south of Tummel Bridge, as well approximately four miles of overhead line in the vicinity of Beauly substation.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]