Thursday, September 19, 2013

Wind turbine convoy lorries on move through Dundee

Giant wind turbine parts started moving through Dundee today (Thursday) as a 14-week operation got under way.

The enormous machine components took up both lanes as they travelled along the Kingsway, struggling to navigate the roundabouts.
The turbines will be travelling to Stonehaven and are likely to cause traffic delays for several weeks.
One convoy of three vehicles made the first of many journeys today and it is estimated the same journey will continue to be made every day, apart from Sundays, for the next 12-14 weeks.
The abnormal load vehicles are shipping 25 turbines to the Mid Hill Wind Farm, between Stonehaven and Banchory in Aberdeenshire.
The lorries, along with escort vehicles and police, left with the turbines from the docks at Stannergate around 9.30am and travelled along the Broughty Ferry Road and up to the Kingsway East.
As the vehicles approached the Pitkerro Roundabout, police stopped traffic so the lorries could navigate the roundabout cautiously, causing a slight tailback. They then continued onto a slip road where they could turn to travel back along the Kingsway and onto the Forfar road safely.
Traffic began to flow smoothly again as the vehicles continued their journey towards the A90, B907 and A957.
Work had previously taken place to remove vegetation from a number of roundabouts on the route through Dundee, including at Stannergate, Scott Fyffe, Mid Craigie and Pitkerro Road making it easier for the lorries to manoeuvre.