As you walk across London looking up at the sights above ground – the London Eye, Big Ben and the Tower of London – deep below are 20 miles of power tunnels running across the city.
Most of us at National Grid are aware of these ‘hidden tunnels’ already and know that high-voltage cables packed with dense copper cores run across the city, powering London with much-needed electricity.
Now, more people across the UK are aware of the tunnels as the BBC created an extended video all about the tunnels powering the city and the next phase of development.
Currently, the tunnels run from Willesden Junction in West London, up to St Pancras, across to Hackney, with a branch stretching down to Wimbledon. The BBC linked the extensive tunnels with Britain’s goal to achieve net-carbon neutral, highlighting how brilliant the tunnels are for boosting London’s use of electric vehicles.
The video produced by the BBC also highlighted the UK’s need to boost its power supply by 50 percent by 2030, which gives us public support to continue to develop and evolve our network.
It also included an interview Sarah Woolham-Jaffier, a National Grid construction engineer, who spoke about the need to develop strategies to address the current pressures around climate change.
The video supported our Building the Net Zero Energy Workforce campaign, and both Sky and ITV London also ran pieces on this.