Onshore construction

Works along the onshore cable route, at the Brooklands construction compound and on the new substation were divided into 12 stages for ease of reference during construction.

Public Rights of Way

As part of our construction planning, we consulted with users of the Public Rights of Way (PRoW) tracks along the cable route, to ensure that works requiring closures be communicated in a clear and helpful way. During the construction works we have crossed 32 Public Rights of Way and for each of these looked to minimise closures, and provide suitable temporary diversions where necessary.

Due to the flexibility in the construction programme, we have not been able to give specific dates of closures significantly in advance of construction. However, signage has been posted on the routes 14 days before any anticipated closures due to works, and more detailed information posted 5 days before the closure.

The table below will be updated with advanced warning of any PRoW closures as well as information about the planned works and construction activity progress.

These two diagrams below show examples of how a closed and an open Public Right of Way would be configured.

Closed PROW illustration example

Open PROW illustration example

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Stages

Stage 1 - Bolney Substation

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31 August 2018
Twineham substation site – works update

At the new Twineham substation, work has finished on both the GIS and control buildings except for minor interior finishing as well as some on-going testing and commissioning. Recently an acoustic enclosure has been installed around the transformer and road up to the entrance has been completed. Local mitigation in the form planting of trees and shrubbery is ongoing while landscaping and site completion activity will continue during 2018. The Public Rights of Way remain diverted and are being maintained by the site contractors.

Rampion have been granted consent to work this weekend 1st and 2nd September to conduct some drainage work on the south side of the substation. This includes installing some ground stability gabion baskets and drainage, to prepare the ground for planting later in the year. The works are allowed between the hours of 1pm-5pm on Saturday and 8am-5pm on Sunday. No HGV movements to and from site will take place over the weekend.

13 April 2018
Twineham substation site – out of hours and weekend working

There is no out of hours or weekend working currently planned at the Twineham substation site.

Public Rights of Way
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Update
1T
Long term temporary closure (2 years). Local diversion in place.
Footpath 8T
Long term temporary closure (2 years). Local diversion in place.

Stage 2 - Bob Lane and Herring Stream

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27 March 2018
Bob Lane construction update
All the cable infrastructure has now been installed in this stage which leaves only the reinstatement to be completed. This reinstatement work will be our main priority through the coming months with activity dependent on logistics, weather and ground conditions.
20 October 2017
Bob Lane – Weekend working and road closures

No weekend working or road closures are currently planned.

Public Rights of Way
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Update
9T/14T
No current closures.
11T
No current closures.
Bridleway number 4T
No current closures.
12T
No current closures.

Stage 3 - Woodmancote and A281

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31 August 2018
Woodmancote Construction Update

All the cable infrastructure has now been installed in this stage which leaves only the reinstatement to be completed. This reinstatement work will be our main priority through the coming months with activity dependent on logistics, weather and ground conditions.

Rampion have been granted consent to work every weekend in September on reinstatement activities by West Sussex County Council, as part of the finishing works to fully reinstate the cable route in 2018. The works include small drainage activities, subsoil and topsoil ripping and then stone picking and seeding activities to allow the land to start to reinstate to its original condition. The works also include boundaries fence installation. Machinery will include the use of excavators, bulldozers, tractors and 4×4’s to access sites. No HGV movements will take place over the weekends.

17 October 2017
Woodmancote – Weekend working and road closures

No weekend working or road closures are currently planned.

Public Rights of Way
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Update
Footpath 2534
No current closures.
Footpath 2535
No current closures.
Footpath 2540
No current closures.
Footpath 3187
No current closures.
Footpath 3189
No current closures.
Footpath 3188
No current closures.
Bridleway 3672
No current closures.

Stage 4 - Three stream crossings and Horn Lane

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31 August 2018
Horn Lane construction update

All the cable infrastructure has now been installed in this stage which leaves only the reinstatement to be completed. This reinstatement work will be our main priority through the coming months with activity dependent on logistics, weather and ground conditions.

Rampion have been granted consent to work every weekend in September on reinstatement activities by West Sussex County Council, as part of the finishing works to fully reinstate the cable route in 2018. The works include small drainage activities, subsoil and topsoil ripping and then stone picking and seeding activities to allow the land to start to reinstate to its original condition. The works also include boundaries fence installation. Machinery will include the use of excavators, bulldozers, tractors and 4×4’s to access sites. No HGV movements will take place over the weekends.

18 July 2017
Horn Lane – Weekend working and road closures

No weekend working or road closures are currently planned.

Public Rights of Way
Reference
Update
Footpath 2739
No current closures.

Stage 5 - Edburton Road

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31 August 2018
Edburton Road construction update

All the cable infrastructure has now been installed in this stage which leaves only the reinstatement to be completed. This reinstatement work will be our main priority through the coming months with activity dependent on logistics, weather and ground conditions.

Rampion have been granted consent to work every weekend in September on reinstatement activities by West Sussex County Council, as part of the finishing works to fully reinstate the cable route in 2018. The works include small drainage activities, subsoil and topsoil ripping and then stone picking and seeding activities to allow the land to start to reinstate to its original condition. The works also include boundaries fence installation. Machinery will include the use of excavators, bulldozers, tractors and 4×4’s to access sites. No HGV movements will take place over the weekends. We will now seek approval for these works from South Downs National Park Authority for works in the National Park itself.

17 July 2017
Edburton Road – Weekend working and road closures

No weekend working or road closures are currently planned.

Public Rights of Way
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Update
Footpath 2739
No current closures.
Footpath 2745
No current closures.
Footpath 2741
No current closures.

Stage 6 - Tottington Mount and South Downs Way

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23 August 2018
Tottington Mount update

The reinstatement of Tottingham Mount is ongoing, with topsoil and turf now replaced and monitoring underway. Additional work will be carried out as required to ensure the area returns to its pre-construction condition.

This Bank Holiday weekend permission has been granted for land reinstatement including subsoil preparations, ripping and aerating the soil, laying of top soils then reinstating the boundaries and installing fences.

07 July 2017
Tottington Mount and nearby – Weekend working and road closures

No weekend working or road closures are currently planned at Tottington Mount or South Downs Way.

Public Rights of Way
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Update
Bridleway 2754
Long term temporary closure (approx two years). The duration may alter depending on the progress of the works programme. Area is fenced, but PRoW is accessible.
Restricted Byway 2760
No current closures.
Tottington Mount Public Access Land
Long term temporary closure (approx two years) until at least mid 2018. The area is presently fenced off and restricted from access until the reinstatement of the public land has been completed.

Stage 7 - Beeding Hill

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28 March 2018
Beeding Hill update

All the cable infrastructure has now been installed in this stage which leaves only the reinstatement to be completed. This reinstatement work will be our main priority through the coming months with activity dependent on logistics, weather and ground conditions.

06 July 2017
Beeding Hill – Weekend working and road closures

No weekend working or road closures are currently planned.

Public Rights of Way
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Update
Bridleway 2754
No current closures.
Bridleway 2758
The area is fenced, but the PRoW is accessible and there are no current closures.
Byway 2761
The area is fenced, but the PRoW is accessible and there are no current closures.

Stage 8 - Coombes Road and River Adur HDD

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09 August 2018
Coombes Road – Weekend working and road closures

No weekend working is planned in this area presently. Traffic Management will be occurring along Coombes Road during the week commencing the 13th August, for just over a week.

27 March 2018
Coombes Road update

All the cable infrastructure has now been installed in this stage which leaves only the reinstatement to be completed. This reinstatement work will be our main priority through the coming months with activity dependent on logistics, weather and ground conditions.

Public Rights of Way
Reference
Update
Footpath 2064/1
The area is fenced, but the PRoW is accessible and there are no current closures.

Stage 9 - Five Ways PRoW Crossing and Titch Hill

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28 March 2018
Five Ways PRoW Crossing and Titch Hill update

All the cable infrastructure has now been installed in this stage which leaves only the reinstatement to be completed. This reinstatement work will be our main priority through the coming months with activity dependent on logistics, weather and ground conditions.

20 July 2017
Five Ways PRoW Crossing – Weekend working and road closures

There is no weekend working or road closures currently planned near the Five Ways Crossing and Titch Hill.

Public Rights of Way
Reference
Update
Bridleway 2061/1
The area is fenced, but the PRoW is accessible and there are no current closures.
Restricted Byway No. 2059
The area is fenced, but the PRoW is accessible and there are no current closures.
Bridleway 2075
The area is fenced, but the PRoW is accessible and there are no current closures.

Stage 10 - Lambleys Lane and A27 HDD exit pit

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21 May 2018
Lambleys Lane and A27 HDD exit pit update

Work is underway between Titch Hill and Coombes Road involve flailing weed vegetation to prepare for post-construction drainage and flailing and raking soil bunds to remove weeds before the drainage and reinstatement works take place. Workers will use an agricultural tractor and flail mower to drive down the cable route flailing all weed growth.

Any specific queries about the works please call the Rampion helpline: 08002800 886, email: info@rampionoffshore.com.

21 May 2018
Lambleys Lane area – Weekend working

There is no weekend working or road closures currently planned for this area.

 

Public Rights of Way
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Update
Footpath 2073
No current closures
Footpath 3134
No current closures
Footpath 3162
The area is fenced, but the PRoW is accessible and there are no current closures.

Stage 11 - Upper Brighton Road to North of Railway

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02 August 2018
Upper Brighton Road – Weekend working and road closures

No weekend working is currently planned for this area. Traffic Management will be in place week commencing the 5th August for just over a week.

19 March 2018
Upper Brighton Road – construction update

All the cable infrastructure has now been installed in this stage which leaves only the reinstatement to be completed. This reinstatement work will be our main priority through the coming months with activity dependent on logistics, weather and ground conditions.

Public Rights of Way
Reference
Update
Footpath 3135
Temporary closure arrangements to allow for vehicle movements across the footpath until approximately mid 2018. The PRoW is accessible.

Stage 12 - North of Railway to Brooklands

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23 August 2018
Brooklands – Bank Holiday Weekend Working

We will be working on the August bank holiday weekend in the Brooklands boarded compound area. This will involve excavation, concrete pouring and electrical termination works, although works will be limited to quiet activities between 7-9am and 5-7pm.

This essential work is required to support a high voltage system test which relies on a limited available time slot.

Thank you for your patience as we seek to complete the outstanding Rampion works as soon as possible.

01 June 2018
Brooklands Pleasure Park – export cable installation

The installation of an additional export cable is taking place between the landfall at Lancing Beach to the compound at Brooklands within Rampion’s Stage 12 and the transition pit (providing a connection between the offshore and onshore circuits). This work includes a new horizontal directional drill (HDD) between the transition joint bay (where the land and sea cables join) in the compound at Brooklands Pleasure Park, Lancing under the A259 (Brighton Road) and out to a point around 200m into the sea.

Volker Infra has been contracted by Rampion to install the new HDD and the scope of work involves the boring and reaming of the HDD from a drilling rig setup in the Rampion compound within the Brooklands Pleasure Park and the pulling back through the bored hole of a High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Duct Pipe.

Volker Infra Project Manager is Dirk-Jan Zwartbol and Rampion Project Engineer is Jon Elliot.