Published: 06/09/2017 17:18 - Updated: 07/09/2017 15:23

End of the line for Cairngorm National Park pylons

 

It is the end of the line for hundreds of eyesore electricity pylons in the Cairngorms National Park.

The last of more than 300 unsightly power towers has now been removed from the strath.

The tower was pulled down at a site near Ruthven Barracks by Kingussie and it will be replaced by a new underground cable as part of a programme to remove transmission towers covering a distance of 56 miles.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said the national park is now largely free of electricity pylon infrastructure, with the disused towers providing 1500 tonnes of steel for recycling.

Work to remove the towers has been ongoing for seven years as part of the mitigation for the controversial Beauly to Denny power line scheme.

Cairngorms National Park's chief executive Grant Moir said: "A whole swathe of the park now has no towers within it at all.

"Most of the 4,500sq km of the park no longer has any towers and this has opened up the views of the Cairngorms for people to enjoy."

SSEN's project director Alastair Brand added: "This is the last of over 300 towers that we have taken down in the Cairngorms over the last seven years as a result of the Beauly-Denny project, with this significant milestone representing the completion of all major works associated with the project.

"The Beauly-Denny project provided a unique opportunity to look again at the existing infrastructure within the Cairngorms National Park and through a number of planning conditions that were agreed during the planning process.

"We have been able to remove significant sections of existing transmission infrastructure from the Cairngorms National Park, delivering a lasting legacy for current and future generations."

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