May 15th -South Staffordshire is currently littered with oddly placed scaffold towers like this one, either side of the Birmingham Road at Shenstone Woodend. Their placement and purpose has caused some consternation, but there’s a simple explanation. Having upgraded the Ray Hall to Drakelow high voltage feeder line last year, Electricity Alliance are now upgrading the parallel one that also connects to a switching compound at the former Hams Hall station in Warwickshire. The towers – with nets suspended between them – prevent cables dropped from the transmission lines above from falling into roads and railway lines.

I’m wondering if this is a precursor to building the new gas combined cycle power station at Drakelow…

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