Hinkley Connection Project – 

surveys between Bridgwater and Tarnock



National Grid is building a new 57 km long voltage electricity connection between Bridgwater and Seabank near Avonmouth, to link sources of power in the area, including Hinkley Point C, EDF Energy’s new nuclear power station in Somerset, to UK homes and businesses.


As a result of consultation, new T-pylons will be built in the area as part of the overhead lines work. The T-pylon’s lower height and contemporary design will have less of an impact on the landscape than traditional lattice pylons.


The new connection will play a vital role in connecting new sources of power and enable this power to be delivered efficiently, reliably, and safely, whilst also supporting the UK’s move to reduce carbon emissions.


In preparation for construction to begin on the overhead lines in mid-2020, National Grid is carrying out surveys along the route between Bridgwater and the Mendips.


The surveys will continue until around August 2019 and you will see us working in a number of locations along the route of the overhead lines. This will include drilling and digging to assess ground conditions that will inform the detailed design of the pylon installation.


National Grid has appointed Balfour Beatty to carry out this work and we have agreed access to the sites with relevant landowners.


We want to keep you up to date with what we’re doing, and we will be back in touch with further information before starting construction. If you have any questions, or would like a project briefing, please do not hesitate to contact the community relations team on 0800 377 7347 or by email at


You can find more information on all stages of the project on our website at









Mark Parish Council have received the following letter, dated 14th May, from Highways England regarding work to be carried out on the motorway bridge in Harp Road, which is estimated to take six weeks.  The alternative route will be along the Causeway then either through Watchfield or on to Burnham Moor Road.


M5 J22 Harp Road bridge refurbishment


Highways England operates, maintains and improves England’s motorways and major A roads.  I am writing to let you know we will shortly be carrying out essential bridge refurbishment and resurfacing works on the Harp Road bridge which travels over the M5 near junction 22.


The works

Routine inspection has identified significant defects on the bridge and these works will ensure that this section of road will remain safe and reliable for many years to come. The works will include the full refurbishment of the bridge deck, including the replacement of the bridge joints, waterproofing and resurfacing of the carriageway on the overbridge.

All methods of working have been considered to avoid full closures, however due to the nature of work taking place and to ensure the safety of both the public and our workforce, it is necessary to fully close Harp Road overbridge to through traffic for the duration of the works, 24 hours a day.



Dates: 3 June to 19 July 2019 inclusive


Traffic management

A clearly signed diversion will be in place via Harp Road, Mark Causeway, B3139, Bennett Road, Bristol Road and vice versa.





Posted 17th May 2019








Now In





Mark Community Association have installed 

FIVE items of

Outdoor Fitness Equipment 

in the grounds of the Village Hall.


The Fitness Area comprises :


Cross Trainer        Spinning Bike       Chest Press / Seated Row


Double Pull-up Bars        Dips / Leg Raise



Click on the link below to see what the equipment looks like and where it is placed!







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