Work to remove pylons from west Dorset's countryside will mean a traffic management system will come into force on the A35.

It will be installed west of Winterbourne Abbas, where two-way traffic lights will be in place to hold traffic travelling in both directions to allow construction vehicles to turn in the road. This will happen about four times an hour while traffic management is operational. At all other times the lights will be green, allowing traffic to flow as normal in both directions, according to the National Grid.

National Grid is carrying out the work as parts of its Visual Impact Provision (VIP) project to remove 8.8km of overhead electricity cables from the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Active traffic management will be operational between the hours of 9.30am-3pm between the November 25-28 and December 2-5.

The aim of the project is to transform views from the Hardy Monument and South Dorset Ridgeway, enhancing the area’s natural beauty for the many local people and visitors who enjoy it. It will see 22 pylons removed between Winterbourne Abbas and Friar Waddon.

A spokesman for National Grid said: "On behalf of National Grid and our contractors, Morgan Sindall, we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

"The VIP project is a major opportunity to enhance the west Dorset landscape."

For more information about the project, call 0330 134 0051 or email to