Trial run planned as parts for new wind farm are transported into Cumbria
Components for six new wind turbines to be sited in north Cumbria will be moved into place in the coming weeks.
Hallburn Wind Farm, near Longtown, is expected to generate electricity equivalent to the needs of 10,100 households.
The six 2.2MW turbines are set to be delivered, installed, commissioned and tested before the end of the year, while REG Power Management, which is overseeing the project, says that all work will be completed by February.
Work on the foundations for the turbines, at Hallburn Farm, has already been completed. The components will be transported by road from the Port of Blyth, in Northumberland.
Deliveries will begin on September 30 and will be completed by October 20. A total of 16 convoys, each consisting of three vehicles with a police escort, will transport the turbine components.
This includes 18 of the 49m-long turbine blades as well as other elements weighing up to 70 tonnes.
A test delivery run is set to take place on Monday, with a vehicle leaving Blyth at 8.30am and expected to arrive in Longtown just before midday.
Vehicles will travel along the A69 to Brampton, then use the A689 to junction 44 of the M6, before travelling to Longtown via the A7.
Vehicles will then turn right onto Swan Street, continuing to Hallburn Farm.
Following discussions with Arthuret Parish Council and representatives from both Carlisle City and Cumbria County Council, street furniture, trees and other items that may block the progress of vehicles in Longtown have been removed.
There will also be restrictions on parking near the junction of English Street and Swan Street for the duration of the moves. All of the relocated items will be reinstated after the moves are completed.
A spokesman for REG Power Management said: "Transport by road is the most practical way of moving the large turbine components.
"The specialist transport contractors will erect notices warning of delays and will attempt to minimise the impact on traffic along the route, but other road users can expect some delays.
"We also very much appreciate the co-operation and patience of residents and businesses in Longtown throughout the preparation for the move."