Safety concerns over wind turbine convoys


Sarah Staples

LORRIES transporting components for wind turbines to Mid Wales will cause “horrendous” damage to the roads and pose threats to safety, a councillor has said.
Abnormal loads will travel from Ellesmere Port along the A5 and A483 past Oswestry and to the wind farm sites in Mid Wales via Llanymynech and Welshpool.
The sites are at Llandinam, Carnedd Wen, Llanbrynmair and Llaithddu.
But Arthur Walpole, Shropshire Councillor for Llanymynech, said the plans to carry parts along the roads, a process which could take up to five years, will have damaging effects on communities along the route.
He said: “I think it is horrendous. We have made our views known to the National Grid and it is a great concern to us
“The size and width of these lorries is worrying and there will be more than one. The roads are already in a poor state even though they were resurfaced not so long ago.
“A lot of upset will be caused for the local people, there will be significant delays on the roads and the lorries will have to be escorted.
“The paths in a lot of villages where this will be happening are narrow and parents take their children to school and walk to the shops along them, so it could also be dangerous,” he added.
Cllr Walpole added that the plans for lorries to carry turbine parts through villages including Pant and Llanymynech should strengthen the argument for a bypass to Mid Wales.
“People of Pant and Llanymynech would like to have a bypass and have wanted one for years,” said Cllr Walpole. “This road isn’t big enough or safe enough and a bypass would be a solution.”
Renewable UK Cymru has worked alongside potential developers of Mid Wales wind farms to tackle transportation problems and create a potential route.
Llywelyn Rhys, deputy director at Renewable UK Cymru, said: “We have looked at issues such as the most appropriate route to take from Ellesmere Port to the areas in Mid Wales.
“These challenges have been looked at and examined in detail. The industry has invested a great deal of time and money to reduce and manage possible impacts that could be created in the future,” he added.

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