Drivers warned about heavy load lorry taking giant transformer to Walpole sub station

Transfomer on the move - one like this will be taken to Walpole sub station PHOTO: National Grid

Transfomer on the move - one like this will be taken to Walpole sub station PHOTO: National Grid - Credit: Archant

Motorists are being warned to drive safely when a heavy load lorry takes a transformer to Walpole substation.

The delivery has been timed to avoid causing traffic delays.

Work at the sub station will help secure safe and reliable electricity supplier for the future, say National Grid.

Edward Gomersall, Project Engineer at National Grid, said: “Moving a piece of equipment this size, while keeping traffic flowing on local roads is a major logistical exercise.

“We have been working closely with the local authorities, the police, and our specialist partners to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

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“We appreciate the community’s cooperation during this exercise.”

National Grid will be transporting a heavy load by road on Sunday 23rd of July.

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The new transformer, used to regulate the voltage of electricity, weighs 177 tonnes and is being transported from Sutton Bridge Port on a specially designed trailer that is 60 metres long and more than five metres wide.

The load will travel from Sutton Bridge Port to Walpole from the A17 along the A1101 and the A47.

The transformer will then travel via Walton Highway through West Walton to its final destination at Walpole Substation.

The trailer, supported by local specialist haulage company Allelys Heavy Haulage Ltd, is setting off at 8.30am and is expected to be delivered to Walpole Substation by early afternoon.

There may be some delays to motorists and pedestrians during this time and road users are asked to take care when travelling along affected roads.

National Grid is carrying out this work to replace ageing equipment at the Walpole substation to help secure safe and reliable electricity supplies for the future and the move has been timed to cause least disruption to motorists, a spokesman said.

Their website says that: “The future prosperity and comfort of every society depends on reducing carbon emissions and moving to clean, renewable energy.

“This challenge is at the heart of our work. It guides and informs how we engage with every community.

“We invest billions in our energy infrastructure, the pipes and wires that keep the heat flowing and the lights on.”

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