Published: 07/01/2013 10:00 - Updated: 07/01/2013 10:08

Delays expected as turbines move into Moray

Motorists urged to show patience as turbines move through Moray.
Motorists urged to show patience as turbines move through Moray.

HUGE sections of wind turbine will be transported through Moray over the coming months, with motorists urged to show patience.

From today, components of the 18 machines – destined for the Rothes Cairn Uish wind farm – will leave from Inverness and Invergordon harbours.

Transported by Give Svaergods Transport Ltd, three abnormal loads are expected to be moved daily, in convoy, with police escort.

They measure up to 52 metres in length and 3.5 metres in width and will be moved from Mondays to Saturdays, inclusive, until March 8.

Sergeant Christopher Whelan, from Grampian Police’s roads policing department, is in charge of the operation. He said: "By their very nature, these wind turbine components are cumbersome and can be slow to manoeuvre.

"It takes great skill on the part of the lorry driver to ensure each load is moved safely and as efficiently as possible. I would ask motorists to exercise patience and if necessary, find an alternative route to avoid unwanted delays."

Convoys from both harbours will travel along the A96 through Nairn and Elgin, before heading south on the A941 to Fogwatt. Components from Inverness Harbour will reach Nairn at about 9.45am and Elgin at 10.45am. Convoys from Invergordon are expected to reach Nairn about 10.45am and Elgin at about 11.45am.

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