Work starts on Cannington Park and Ride
Local companies have begun work on a new temporary park and ride site to further minimise traffic movements to and from EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C site.
A 252-space facility is being built to the south west of Cannington off the A39 Cannington Bypass and is due to be completed by summer next year.
The park and ride will also have parking for motorcycles and bicycles and will mainly be used by people living in the Cannington area, those to the west of Bridgwater and visitors travelling to the construction site.
David Eccles, EDF Energy’s Head of Stakeholder Engagement for Hinkley Point C, said: “One of our priorities is to minimise the number of road journeys to and from site during the construction and operation of the new power station.
“Our construction workers already use dedicated local bus services and existing park and ride facilities to get to work, while deliveries of materials and equipment is carefully managed and a temporary jetty will enable us to bring 80 per cent of the aggregates to site by sea.”
The temporary park and ride facility at Cannington was approved as part of the Government permission to build Hinkley Point C after thorough consultation with local councils, organisations and residents.
The site will be returned to agricultural use once the power station has been built.
The work is being carried out by the Somerset Infrastructure Alliance, a joint venture between Bridgwater firm R K Bell Group Ltd, Skanska and Bristol-based Forest Traffic Management Limited.
EDF Energy is carrying out the upgrade as part of a package of works associated with its Hinkley Point C project, including park and ride and freight management facilities at Junction 23 and Junction 24 alongside the M5 and another park and ride near Williton in West Somerset.
For more information contact:Annelise Cowie
External Communications Manager, Hinkley Point
EDF Energy in the South West
In the South West EDF Energy employs around 4,000 people across three key sites; at Hinkley Point in Somerset, at Barnwood, near Gloucester, and at Exeter. We operate Hinkley Point B power station, which employs around 550 staff and 220 contract partners. A new nuclear power station, capable of supplying around 6 million homes, is under construction at Hinkley Point. We have an operational support centre at Barnwood, while Exeter is home to one of EDF Energy’s three UK-based call centres. As well as currently generating enough power for some 1.5 million homes in this region, EDF Energy also provides gas and electricity to 480,000 customers with over 30% of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products backed by low-carbon generation. We make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for the Ministry of Defence, Tesco Stores Limited, Morrisons and Everything Everywhere, right here in the South West.