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Going underground in the Peak District

Tomo Thompson
By Tomo Thompson
18th May 2021

Work is now underway on National Grid’s stakeholder-led project in Dunford Bridge that is set to transform the classic Dark Peak landscape around the village by removing 1.5km of overhead electricity line and seven pylons and replacing them with underground cables.

 Currently one of only four locations in England and Wales selected for the pioneering landscape improvement project, the first phase of work will involve creating a temporary diversion of Trans Pennine Trail – set to open in the autumn – which will open up stunning new views north of the River Don.

 As a reminder, part of the work will see a significant reduction in the number of spaces in Dunford Bridge car park until early 2023. This is to ensure emergency service vehicles, local buses and construction vehicles have safe access.  All members of the public are kindly asked to only park in the designated marked bays and not to park on grass verges in the village if the car park is full.  Visitors and Trans Pennine Trail users are advised to use the alternative parking at nearby Windle Edge (Windleden Lane) and Winscar Reservoir (Broad Hill).

 Further details are available on the project’s website ( If you have other questions and would like to get in touch with the project team directly, you can call 0330 134 0051 or send an email to