The consultation process on Eirgrid’s proposed new 110 KV line that will run from Ballina to Ballaghaderreen is the latest victim of the coronavirus.

Progress on the provision of a substantially upgraded electricity line for a large part of county Mayo, is on hold until it is again deemed safe again for public gatherings. That was confirmed yesterday by Aidan Corcoran Transmission Project Manager with Eirgrid when he addressed the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council.

It’s about a decade ago when Eirgrid proposed a controversial 400KV line for this area, and it resulted in mass public protests and was eventually shelved.

The new proposal includes options to have the line either overhead or underground, and a number of preferred routes have been established. The company now wants the views of local residents and landowners and others on the proposals and eventually a single option will be adopted and the company will seek planning permission to construct the line.

It’s planned that the line will be in place by the third quarter of 2024.

 Aidan spoke to Midwest News today about the delay in the company’s next stage of planning – the consultation process -that was due to get underway at the end of this month, but is now on hold because of the coronavirus



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