Police to escort vehicles carrying turbine parts

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Motorists are being advised that police will be escorting over-sized vehicles to a windfarm site in Northumberland during the next two weeks.

Wind-turbine components will be transported from the Port of Blyth to Barmoor windfarm, near Lowick, from Monday.

The route will start at the Port of Blyth before heading along the B1329 Links Road onto the A1061 South Newham Road, the A189 Spine Road, the A1 northbound, the B6353 and B6525 to the windfarm site.

There will be two convoys a day leaving at 8.45am and 2pm on the following days: Monday, October 20; Wednesday, October 22; Friday, October 24; Monday, October 27; Wednesday, October 29; Friday, October 31.

Police will be escorting the vehicles to ensure traffic disruption is kept to a minimum and the safety of other road users. Motorists are advised there may be slight delays.

Construction is beginning on the six-turbine development, which was controversially approved on appeal.

In March, EDF Energy Renewables bought the project, for land between Ford and Lowick and featuring 110-metre-tall turbines, from Duke Energy and Statkraft UK Limited.

Then in April, during an open day hosted by the company in Lowick, objectors held a poll to gauge public opinion to the windfarm. Out of the 214 people who gave their feedback, 203 said they were not in favour of the development, which was given permission on appeal in 2010 after the Government overturned Berwick Borough Council’s original refusal of the application.