Beach Access Routes Improved
The project team responsible for the North Sea Link Interconnector project has carried out extensive works to improve access and facilities at Cambois beach.£2BN project to create an electricity link between the UK and Norway has delivered a spin-off benefit for a Northumberland beach.
Working in partnership with local landscape contractor, WL Straughan & Son, North Sea Link has resurfaced and extended the main car park, constructed two new pathways to improve public access to the beach without compromising the protected sand dunes, and cleared wasteland previously used by fly-tippers to create a new area of vegetation to encourage wildlife.
The improvement works have come about as the North Sea Link project enters the next phase in which a subsea pipeline will enable the transfer of excess wind and hydro power to ensure both countries have continuous access to affordable, renewable energy.
In order to start laying the high voltage subsea cables, engineers have had to close the main slipway and one of the smaller car parks used by the public to access the beach at Cambois.
Ryan Atkinson, cable engineer at North Sea Link, said: “The closure of the main slipway at Cambois was unavoidable at this stage of the project, however, we have tried our best to turn this into a positive for the community with the creation of the extended car park and the new beach access routes.
“Upon completion of the cable-laying, our plan is to reinstate the slipway using new design standards and modern construction materials which will benefit the community for years to come.”
Councillor Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services at Northumberland County Council, said: “Since the North Sea Link project commenced work in 2016, the project team has done a lot to give back to the local community.
“The upgraded car park and beach access routes will make it easier for more people to enjoy the beautiful, unspoilt stretch of sand at Cambois while the new slipway will ensure safe boat launching.”
The North Sea Link Interconnector is a joint project between Statnett and National Grid who are working together to construct the electricity link between Norway and the UK.
North Sea Link will connect the two countries from Kvilldal in Norway to Blyth, with onshore infrastructure located at Cambois.
Passing through Norwegian and British waters, North Sea Link will be operational in 2021 and will be the longest subsea interconnector in the world.