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Delays warning on roads over wind farm mega-transports  

Credit:  By Jenna Conti | Highland news | 07/01/2013 | www.highland-news.co.uk ~~

Slow-moving wide-load transports from both Inverness and Invergordon harbours to a site at a wind farm in Moray will commence from today.

Component parts of 18 wind turbines are being transported Mondays to Saturdays inclusive to the Rothes Cairn Uish wind farm site, near Fogwatt, and are expected to take until Friday, March 8to complete.

Three loads will be moved daily, in convoy.

Police says these abnormal loads are considerable in size, measuring up to 52 metres in length and up to 3.5 metres in width. Due to their dimensions each convoy will be escorted by the police throughout their movement.

The route will see the convoy leave Invergordon Harbour via the B817, Saltburn Road, turn left, taking the road to the rear of Inverbreakie Industrial Estate and join the A9 Tomich, before heading to Inverness.

The route from Inverness Harbour will be along Stadium Road to Longman Roundabout, where the convoy will turn left onto the A9.

Thereafter, convoys from either harbour will follow the same route along the A96, through Nairn and Elgin before heading south on the A941 to Fogwatt.

Each convoy will leave its respective harbour at 9am. Convoys from Inverness are expected to reach Nairn about 9.45am and Elgin about 10.45am. Convoys from Invergordon are expected to reach Nairn about 10.45am and Elgin about 11.45am.

Sergeant Chris Whelan, from Grampian Police’s Road Policing Department, Elgin, who is in charge of the operation, said: “By their very nature, these wind turbine components are cumbersome and can be slow to manoeuvre. It takes great skill on the part of the lorry driver to ensure each load is moved safely and as efficiently as possible. I would ask motorists to exercise patience and if necessary, find an alternative route to avoid unwanted delays”.

Source:  By Jenna Conti | Highland news | 07/01/2013 | www.highland-news.co.uk

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