EDF boss questioned by Bridgwater businesses

Bridgwater's EDF representative David Eccles

Bridgwater's EDF representative David Eccles

First published in Bridgwater Area News Bridgwater Mercury: Photograph of the Author by

BOSSES from the energy firm behind plans for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley have revealed 'local' workers could live up to 90 minutes away.

Speaking at a business breakfast at The Exchange Conference Centre at Bridgwater's Express Park last week, EDF representative David Eccles gave a project update and was quizzed by guests.

Mr Eccles said at peak there will be 5,600 on site and during operation about 900 workers involved, adding: “We estimate between 20,000 and 25,000 people will work on the project during the nine year construction period.

“At least 5,000 of these are expected to be Somerset residents.”

The company reported during the current site preparation works 45% of people working there are living in Somerset, and a further 15% living within a wider daily commuting zone.

He added: “Local people are those working within 90 minutes of the site, which includes time to book in and start work. During main construction we estimate between 1/3 to ¼ of the total people will be living within that zone.”

Guests also questioned Mr Eccles on how the company planned to accommodate the workforce. He said about 1/3 of the people employed will be living in their own homes, 1/3 will be on the temporary campus, with 1/3 in B&Bs and rented properties.

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