Construction Update

The indicative timetable for the construction works is as follows:

 Indicative Programme

The onshore cable route will be constructed in 12 stages, outlined below. For each of these stages, we'll be sharing more detailed information as construction activity commences.

  • Stage 1 - Bolney Substation
  • Stage 2 - Bob Lane and Herring Stream
  • Stage 3 - Woodmancote and A281
  • Stage 4 - Three stream crossings and Horn Lane
  • Stage 5 - Edburton Road
  • Stage 6 - Tottington Mount and South Downs Way
  • Stage 7 - Beeding Hill
  • Stage 8 - Coombes Road and River Adur HDD
  • Stage 9 - Five Ways PRoW Crossing and Titch Hill
  • Stage 10 - Lambleys Lane and A27 HDD exit pit
  • Stage 11 - Upper Brighton Road to North of Railway
  • Stage 12 - North of Railway to Brooklands

You can also find more information on our Community Information Sheet. Click here.

 Public Rights of Way

As part of our construction planning, we're consulting with users of the Public Rights of Way tracks along the cable route, to ensure that any closures are communicated in a clear and helpful way. We've established a PRoW Liaison Group, and have been working with Parish Councils to raise awareness of the coming works.

If you would like to see how we're proposing to manage the temporary closures, please see the illustrations below. A detailed schedule of works will be shared before construction starts, and any closures will be detailed.

For more detailed information on proposed PRoW closures and diversions, please visit the PRoW page here.

If you would like to join the PRoW liaison group, please email rampion@eon.com with and expression of interest.

Illustration of Closed PRoW in Working Area

Illustration of Open PRoW in Working Area 

In the table below, you'll be able to see an overview of the work taking place on site. To see our active weekends working activities approved by West Sussex County Council, please see stage(s): 4, 5, 7, 8 & 12.  

Construction Updates

Stage

Update on Current Work

1

Work has virtually finished on the cut and fill exercise of the substation. Works are now progressing onwards with the installation of the main equipment, as well as local mitigation planting. The Public Rights of Way have been diverted and are being maintain by the site contractors. In the coming months, planting of trees and shrubbery around the substation will take place.

2

Ecology fencing has been erected ahead of construction works and over the coming months ducting will be put in place through this stage. Presently ducting is being installed in this stage.

3

Both the Brighton Road and Henfield Road crossings have been successfully completed.  We will be commencing with top-soil stripping and duct installation in the remainder of the stage once the ground had sufficiently dried out.

ROW has also been granted permission by WSCC and SDNPA to work Saturday afternoons between the hours of 1pm – 6pm to finish off some low impact, below ground level ancillary works in this stage. Works will only occur in this stage once the vast majority of the installation is complete for the stage and it is likely that the works will only utilise two Saturday afternoons of the overall consent for this stage. The consent for these works for the cable route between Stages 3-11 lasts until the 31st January 2017 when all works should have been complete. During these times, members of the public can call the 0800 2800 886 phone number to contact a member of the team if you wish to discuss anything regarding the works.

4

Horn Lane crossing was successfully completed. Work continues with the installation of the onshore cable ducts through Stage 4.

ROW has also been granted permission by WSCC and SDNPA to work Saturday afternoons between the hours of 1pm – 6pm to finish off some low impact, below ground level ancillary works in this stage. Works will only occur in this stage once the vast majority of the installation is complete for the stage and it is likely that the works will only utilise two Saturday afternoons of the overall consent for this stage. The consent for these works for the cable route between Stages 3-11 lasts until the 31st January 2017 when all works should have been complete. During these times, members of the public can call the 0800 2800 886 phone number to contact a member of the team if you wish to discuss anything regarding the works.

Carillion have also been granted consent this coming weekend on the 3rd and 4th December between the hours of 8am and 5pm to conduct some duct testing work. This will involve no HGV movements out of hours and minimal staff working on site. During these times, members of the public can call the 0800 2800 886 phone number to contact a member of the team if you wish to discuss anything regarding the works

5

Edburton Road crossing has been successfully completed. Top-soil stripping has commenced in this stage, and trenching works are continuing.

ROW has also been granted permission by WSCC and SDNPA to work Saturday afternoons between the hours of 1pm – 6pm to finish off some low impact, below ground level ancillary works in this stage. Works will only occur in this stage once the vast majority of the installation is complete for the stage and it is likely that the works will only utilise two Saturday afternoons of the overall consent for this stage. The consent for these works for the cable route between Stages 3-11 lasts until the 31st January 2017 when all works should have been complete. During these times, members of the public can call the 0800 2800 886 phone number to contact a member of the team if you wish to discuss anything regarding the works.

Carillion have also been granted consent this coming weekend on the 3rd and 4th December between the hours of 8am and 5pm to conduct some duct testing work. This will involve no HGV movements out of hours and minimal staff working on site. During these times, members of the public can call the 0800 2800 886 phone number to contact a member of the team if you wish to discuss anything regarding the works

6

Tottington Mount has been completed, including reinstatement of topsoil.

The remainder of the stage, excluding the crossing of South Downs Way, has been trenched, had ducts installed, and had trenches back filled. 

ROW has also been granted permission by WSCC and SDNPA to work Saturday afternoons between the hours of 1pm – 6pm to finish off some low impact, below ground level ancillary works in this stage. Works will only occur in this stage once the vast majority of the installation is complete for the stage and it is likely that the works will only utilise two Saturday afternoons of the overall consent for this stage. The consent for these works for the cable route between Stages 3-11 lasts until the 31st January 2017 when all works should have been complete. During these times, members of the public can call the 0800 2800 886 phone number to contact a member of the team if you wish to discuss anything regarding the works.

7

Topsoil stripping, trenching and installation of ducts has been completed across this stage. Soil has been back filled in the trenches.

ROW has also been granted permission by WSCC and SDNPA to work Saturday afternoons between the hours of 1pm – 6pm to finish off some low impact, below ground level ancillary works in this stage. Works will only occur in this stage once the vast majority of the installation is complete for the stage and it is likely that the works will only utilise two Saturday afternoons of the overall consent for this stage. The consent for these works for the cable route between Stages 3-11 lasts until the 31st January 2017 when all works should have been complete. During these times, members of the public can call the 0800 2800 886 phone number to contact a member of the team if you wish to discuss anything regarding the works.

Carillion have also been granted consent this coming weekend on the 3rd & 4th December between the hours of 8am and 5pm to conduct some duct testing work and pulling activities. This will involve no HGV movements out of hours and minimal staff working on site. During these times, members of the public can call the 0800 2800 886 phone number to contact a member of the team if you wish to discuss anything regarding the works

8

The Horizontal Direction Drill underneath the River Adur has now been successfully completed. The majority of the rest of the stage has also been completed.

ROW has also been granted permission by WSCC and SDNPA to work Saturday afternoons between the hours of 1pm – 6pm to finish off some low impact, below ground level ancillary works in this stage. Works will only occur in this stage once the vast majority of the installation is complete for the stage and it is likely that the works will only utilise two Saturday afternoons of the overall consent for this stage. The consent for these works for the cable route between Stages 3-11 lasts until the 31st January 2017 when all works should have been complete. During these times, members of the public can call the 0800 2800 886 phone number to contact a member of the team if you wish to discuss anything regarding the works.

Carillion have also been granted consent this coming weekend on the 3rd & 4th December between the hours of 8am and 5pm to conduct some duct testing work and pulling activities. This will involve no HGV movements out of hours and minimal staff working on site. During these times, members of the public can call the 0800 2800 886 phone number to contact a member of the team if you wish to discuss anything regarding the works.

9

All of the ducting in this stage has now been installed, and the subsoil back filled. Top-soil will be reinstated once installation works have been completed.

ROW has also been granted permission by WSCC and SDNPA to work Saturday afternoons between the hours of 1pm – 6pm to finish off some low impact, below ground level ancillary works in this stage. Works will only occur in this stage once the vast majority of the installation is complete for the stage and it is likely that the works will only utilise two Saturday afternoons of the overall consent for this stage. The consent for these works for the cable route between Stages 3-11 lasts until the 31st January 2017 when all works should have been complete. During these times, members of the public can call the 0800 2800 886 phone number to contact a member of the team if you wish to discuss anything regarding the works.

10

All ducting in this section has been completed and the soil back filled.

ROW has also been granted permission by WSCC and SDNPA to work Saturday afternoons between the hours of 1pm – 6pm to finish off some low impact, below ground level ancillary works in this stage. Works will only occur in this stage once the vast majority of the installation is complete for the stage and it is likely that the works will only utilise two Saturday afternoons of the overall consent for this stage. The consent for these works for the cable route between Stages 3-11 lasts until the 31st January 2017 when all works should have been complete. During these times, members of the public can call the 0800 2800 886 phone number to contact a member of the team if you wish to discuss anything regarding the works.

11

The ducting for the railway drill has now been installed. We have been removing certain equipment from site, in preparation for future installation works over the coming months.

ROW has also been granted permission by WSCC and SDNPA to work Saturday afternoons between the hours of 1pm – 6pm to finish off some low impact, below ground level ancillary works in this stage. Works will only occur in this stage once the vast majority of the installation is complete for the stage and it is likely that the works will only utilise two Saturday afternoons of the overall consent for this stage. The consent for these works for the cable route between Stages 3-11 lasts until the 31st January 2017 when all works should have been complete. During these times, members of the public can call the 0800 2800 886 phone number to contact a member of the team if you wish to discuss anything regarding the works.

12

The HDD Drill underneath the Railway has now been successfully completed. We've also completed the compound set-up at Brooklands park, fencing out and boarding the area required to undertake the landfall drill. In July Volker Infra successful installed two ducts out to sea to form part of the works required to bring the subsea cable onshore. During August we have also extended the ducting further out to sea into deeper waters (with some minor onshore support activities) to prepare the site for the installation of the offshore export cable

As part of those continued works, ROW have been granted consent to conduct some limited out of hours activities within the Brooklands site to support the cable installation activities for the offshore export cable on the 2nd December. This will involve some minor activities on a single day to aid the installation, but as these activities are dependent upon a supporting marine vessel which can only work in certain sea-state conditions, there is potential this work could extend into the late hours during a given day. If late working takes place, then this will only be for one day within the period consented and work on a given day will be completed within a 24 hour period.

Please note that whilst the consent is for out of hours work during the period highlighted above, work will not be undertaken continuously for 24 hours during that period. The consent is in place to allow work intermittently on two days outside normal working hours.

During these times, members of the public can call the 0800 2800 886 phone number to contact a member of the team if you wish to discuss anything regarding the works. During out of hours periods, Michael Overend can be contacted on 07773 207416.