Visit to Hinkley Point C

On Thursday 9th March, 14 of us had an outing to Hinkley Point C, Europe’s largest construction site.  That’s just the first of many impressive statistics that we learned about that day, which just goes to show what you can do with £26 billion!

Having gathered at the park and ride, we were first taken to the visitor centre, where we spent an hour seeing the exhibition and enjoying some refreshments.  The photos seem to show that everyone enjoyed themselves there.

We were then transported to the construction site itself.  At this point, we were all told to put our cameras away, so I don’t have any photos of the actual tour.  I can give you a small flavour of it with a picture of the map we were given, plus a picture of “Big Karl” at work doing a night-time lift of one of the massive reactor containment building sections.  It is done at night for safety reasons and yes, you’ve guessed it, it’s the biggest land crane in the world!

After an hour on site, we were taken back to the park and ride, from where we proceeded to a carvery lunch nearby.  Thanks must go to Andrew Moore for driving the bus.

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