Going underground: Main work starting on site in Dunford Bridge

PROJECT UPDATE - May 2021

Construction work is now underway on National Grid’s stakeholder-led project in Dunford Bridge that is set to transform the classic Dark Peak landscape around the village by removing 1.5km of overhead electricity line and seven pylons and replacing them with underground cables.

The initial phase of work will include completing the construction compound in the lower section of the Dunford Bridge car park. Here we’ll be finishing the installation of our temporary buildings and offices, as well as putting up new fencing and security gates to keep the compound safely separated from members of the public and users of the Trans Pennine Trail (TPT).

A temporary road down to the river

One of the first things we’ll be doing is create a new temporary road, which will allow us access to build the interim TPT diversion to the north of the River Don. The access point for this will be located on Brook Hill Lane to the north of the Townhead Collective, where some fencing is being installed. Building this diversion will allow local people and visitors to keep using the TPT throughout the time we are working in the area – in fact it will open up new views north of the river.

Once constructed, the road will cut down the amount of construction vehicles using local roads. However, over the coming weeks there will be more HGVs travelling to and from the site to deliver the stone needed to build the road.

We’ll be doing everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum and would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience that does arise from our work.  Our team will be getting through this phase of work as quickly and as safely as possible.

Dunford Bridge car park

As a reminder, some alterations are being made to the Dunford Bridge car park, which will see a significant reduction in the number of spaces available for parking.

These temporary measures have been agreed with both Barnsley Council and the Peak District National Park Authority and will help to keep everyone safe during construction, and not restrict access for the emergency services, the local bus service, or our own vehicles.

Further information about the changes including details about alternative park arrangements is available on our website here.

Keeping in touch

Throughout the project National Grid and Morgan Sindall will be posting regular updates about the project on this website to keep you updated with our progress.

If you have any questions about any of the planned activity, please get in touch with the VIP project team directly by calling 0330 134 0051 or sending an email to visualimpact@nationalgrid.com.