Why can't the cable be routed through the River Dee?
In planning, designing and constructing the Western Link we aim to minimise disturbance to communities and the environment.
One of our initial ideas was to route the cable through the Dee Estuary as it is the most direct route, but this was not feasible. The movement of the sand on the bed of the river and the use of the estuary by shipping increased the possibility that the cable would not work properly or would be damaged. Also, the Dee Estuary is classed as an area of high environmental importance.