First Steps - Clearing the Topsoil
The first job after the easement has been surveyed is fencing and gates. At every road crossing, a gated hardstanding is built, to cut down on mud on the road. Another important job at this time is to erect high posts carrying bunting to mark overhead powerlines, and also to mark underground services.
Environmental surveys will also have identified endangered flora and fauna, and measures put in place to protect them.
Above Hartley Village, a team of 4 bulldozers also clear topsoil.
Fenceposts being set by the thousand
The topsoil clearing crew unearthed what is believed to be the foundations of a Roman bathhouse. After discussions with the archeologists, it was decided to replace the topsoil until the site could be properly researched, and Murphys put a bore 4 metres below for the pipe.
There was also a probable Saxon burial discovered further north on the line.
This is one of the enclosures put in place to keep Great Crested Newts from straying into the works. SGN's Project Supervisor, Nick Travis, is checking one of the traps.