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Plans for a straight replacement are being ditched in favour of installing a new cable within the bridge.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said it amended its plans following local consultation.

Kirstine Wood, of SSEN, said: “I would like to thank those who have provided feedback throughout the proposal development so far.

“The comments received last year have now been factored into the current design.

“The proposed replacement involves placing the electricity cable into a special duct within the Scalpay Bridge rather than laying it on the seabed.

“I am keen to ensure that we have accurately acted upon the opinion of those living in the area and would encourage the local community and any interested stakeholders to provide any additional comments they may have on what we believe is a responsible and satisfactory proposal.”

SSEN is encouraging anyone with an interest in the proposal to provide feedback before making an application for a marine licence, which is required before the cable can be replaced. The consultation closes on 10 May.

Electricity cable link to run through bridge

20 April 2017

The electricity supply to Scalpay is to run through the bridge linking the island to mainland Harris.

The existing submarine cable - laid on the seabed across the Sound of Scalpay - is at the end of its operational life.