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Ugly power pylons get the 2012 Olympics chop

PUBLISHED: 17:27 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:48 05 October 2010

High on cables and pylons for 2012 Olympics

High on cables and pylons for 2012 Olympics

WORK has began to get rid of electric pylons which dominate the Olympic Park landscape. The vast open land next to the River Lea which is being laid out for the 2012 Games is about to transform East London’s skyline. But the pylons have to be removed first

WORK has began to get rid of electric pylons which dominate the Olympic Park landscape.

The vast open land next to the River Lea which is being laid out for the 2012 Games is about to transform East London’s skyline.

But the 52 unsightly pylons that have carried high-tension power cables across the Lower Lea Valley for decades have to be removed first.

The cables now run through two new four-mile tunnels which burrow deep under the ground out of sight beneath the Olympic Park now under construction.

The work to demolish the 200ft high overhead pylons which run through the centre of the Olympic site, from Hackney to West Ham, began last week.

Olympics authority Chief Executive David Higgins said: “The pylons will all be down by the end of the year. The skyline is being transformed for good.

“Removing the pylons means a huge change the Games are bringing to East London.”

The power feed was switched underground this summer, allowing work to start on pulling down the huge steel structures.

The Government is picking up the £250 million tab for burying’ the 130 miles of power cables—enough to stretch from London to Nottingham.


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