Competition seeks better pylon design

The government has launched a competition to find a new design of high voltage electricity pylon, with a £10,000 prize fund

The government has launched a competition to find a new design of high voltage electricity pylon, with a £10,000 prize fund.

But there is no guarantee the eventual winner, to be announced in October, will be adopted by the National Grid. It only promises to give it “serious consideration.”

The highly functional, steel lattice design of pylons - ugly to many - has changed little since they first appeared in the 1920s. There are 22,000 carrying the National Grid’s 400,000 volt transmission network in England and Wales, each 50 metres high, with many more smaller ones.

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