Painters finish 13-week Severn Estuary pylon job

This is no ordinary paint job. Freshening up the National Grid electricity pylons that span the Severn Estuary took a team of 12 specialists 13 weeks.

The pylons, which run alongside the road bridge, are Britain’s second largest at 156 metres high.

Fountains Utilities, the company carrying out the maintenance, said the pylons’ exposed location made them more vulnerable to rust than inshore towers.

Richard Jowett, operations director, said: “Tower painting projects do not get more complex or indeed any higher than this – with the exception of the Thames crossing alongside the Dartford Tunnel and Queen Elizabeth II Bridge.”