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Abnormal load to travel through Ashford this Saturday
11th December 2013 16:20
An abnormal load bound for Sellindge will travel through the Ashford area via M20 and A20 this Saturday 14th December it has been confirmed.
National Gird will be moving a very large electricity transformer, around the size of a house, from Dover Docks to Sellindge Substation on the morning of Saturday 14th December.
The convoy will be escorted by outriders from Kent Police and the transformer will leave Dover Docks at approximately 7.30am on Saturday. It will be transported aboard a special vehicle which is 5.6 metres wide, over 75 metres long and which requires a vehicle at either end to propel it.
It will travel along the A20 and the B2011 Folkestone Road and then join the M20 at junction 13 and travel towards Ashford. To limit heavy loads over bridges, it will leave the M20 at junction 9, travel around the roundabout and it will then briefly re-join the M20 coastbound between junctions 9 and 10 before leaving at the junction 10 roundabout and traveling onto the substation in Church Lane, Sellindge, arriving sometime in the mid afternoon.
Throughout its journey the vehicle will travel at approximately 12 miles an hour.
It is recommended that road users try to find alternative routes, or allow additional time for their journeys if travelleing on these routes. The convoy is expected through the Ashford area during the morning depending on its progress enroute from Dover, and will involve the temporary holding of traffic at the M20 Junction 9 and 10 roundabouts whilst the convoy passess.
Residents in Sellindge have received a letter today from National Grid advising them of the moment and to request that they avoid parking on the roads along the delivery route – including the substation entrance area.
National Grid project engineer David Omer, said: "Last week the country experienced its most dramatic tidal surge in 60 years and the resulting heavy seas were too rough for us to safely unload the transformer. We completed offloading on Sunday but there wasn't't enough time left to get it to Sellindge, so we decided after discussions with police, that rescheduling the delivery was the best option.
He added: "We've considered a range of factors in planning the re-delivery including police and haulier availability and doing what we can to minimise disruption during what is a busy time on the roads. We'd like to thank everyone for their cooperation and remind people to avoid parking on the route and near the substation entrance so we can get the delivery done with as smoothly as possible. At over 75 metres long and 5.6 metres wide the delivery vehicle needs a lot of space to pass through."
It's National Grid's job to connect people to the energy they use regardless of their power supplier. The transformer performs a vital role, changing the voltage of electricity so it can be transported along local power lines and delivered to homes, businesses and community facilities.
If people have any questions or concerns about the delivery they can call the National Grid information line on 0800 731 1231 which will be manned over the weekend.
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