South Scotland

Kendoon to Tongland power line scrutiny begins

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A series of events is under way to allow the public to examine scaled-back plans for a major power line upgrade.

SP Energy Networks had wanted to build a new line from South Ayrshire to Cumbria - most of it through Dumfries and Galloway.

However, it decided that was not cost-effective and is now proposing just 30 miles of new infrastructure between Kendoon and Tongland, in Galloway.

Public consultation starts in Dumfries on Tuesday between 14:00 and 20:00.

The event is being held at the town's Cairndale Hotel.

It will be followed by similar meetings in Kirkcudbright on Wednesday, Mossdale on Thursday and New Galloway on Friday.

Subject to final approval by the Scottish government, SP Energy Networks hopes to have the new system in use by 2023.

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