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PUBLISHED: 09:45 21 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 July 2010

Work begins on Broads power lines

Work begins on Broads power lines

Work to remove two miles of overhead power cables over the Broads has been welcomed by the organisation which champions the region's waterways.

Yesterday, EDF Energy started to take down high-voltage cables near the 1,000-year-old St Benet's abbey on the River Bure.

Work to remove two miles of overhead power cables over the Broads has been welcomed by the organisation which champions the region's waterways.

Yesterday, EDF Energy started to take down high-voltage cables near the 1,000-year-old St Benet's abbey on the River Bure.

The £661,000 work will see two overhead cable lines and 32 wooden support poles removed so people can enjoy unrestricted views of the area's picturesque grazing marshes and the landmark abbey.

Engineers working closely with the Broads Authority have installed a new underground electricity network under the marshes to replace the two miles of cables.

The major enhancement project was set up after the Broads Society carried out a survey.

Chairman of the Broads Society, Peter Horsefield, said: “We are strongly in favour of this work. It

will have a beneficial effect on the wide skies and distant views

which are such essential, integral and highly valued landscape components of the Broads experience.”

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