National Grid has launched a ten-week consultation into its plans to connect the proposed Moorside nuclear power station in Cumbria into the electricity network.

The company proposes to bury power lines underground and under Morecambe Bay to protect the Lake District National Park.

The £2.8 billion project has been billed as the largest since the electricity network was built.

Around half the cost will come from burying cables out of sight.

Six years of planning

Project Manager Robert Powell said: “We’ve undertaken significant engagement during the six years we have spent developing our plans.

“We’ve listened very carefully to groups like the Lake District National Park Authority, the National Trust and members of the public on the importance of the national park and other treasured landscapes in Cumbria and Lancashire.

“Balancing the impact of the project on the landscape against its cost has involved making some difficult choices as the cost of building a connection is ultimately passed on to energy bill payers.”

> Read National Grid's announcement