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Wind farm convoys to 'continue through to Christmas'

 
Created on 02/08/2016 @ 11:20
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The big windfarm convoys which began passing through Welshpool last week will continue right through towards Christmas, it was revealed last night.

Developers for the Garreg Lwyd Hill Wind Farm south of Newtown announced that they will carry out a test run on Friday, and their deliveries will commence on September 12 when the current schedule for the Cefn Coch’s Tirgwynt Wind Farm is due to finish.

The two routes are exactly the same until they reach Welshpool where the new convoy heads up to Newtown, instead of the current path up the Llanfair road.

Renewable Energy System Ltd said that the public would be informed more after this Friday’s test run, but it is expected that the convoys will take anything up to three months to complete.

“The timings of the trial run are dependent on a number of factors including police availability,” said the spokesperson. “Updates will be published on our project website (www.garreglwydhill.co.uk/turbine-deliveries/trial-run) as timeframes become known so we have encouraged people to check the day before the scheduled trial run for the latest information on when it is expected to begin.”

The purpose of the trial run is to undertake a drive through of the delivery route with an empty ‘Abnormal Indivisible Load’ vehicle to confirm the roadworks along the A483 which have been ongoing over the past six months are suitable.

It is also an opportunity for the Police to finalise the escorting arrangements for the delivery of the turbine components – which will travel from the Port of Entry in Liverpool to the Garreg Lwyd Hill Wind Farm site located between Felindre and Llanbadarn Fynydd in Radnorshire. The new temporary link road connecting the Mochdre Industrial Estate to the A483 will be tested at a later date.

Large loads for Awel Newydd’s Tirgwynt Wind Farm started travelling through Welshpool almost daily on July 25, and have run relatively smoothly to date.

Those are expected to be completed by mid-September when the convoys for the new Wind Farm will take over.

PICTURE: Monday's load coming through town, taken by Ian Francis

 

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