Huge electricity transformer set to bring chaos to Cambridgeshire’s roads this weekend
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A huge electricity transformer is set to bring chaos to Cambridgeshire’s roads as it trundles through the county at 12mph this weekend.
The bungalow sized behemoth will be travelling from Ipswich Docks to the National Grid substation at Burwell on Sunday.
Leaving the port at 8am, it is due to reach its destination between 6pm and 9pm.
Rachel Sheridan, Highways England project manager, said: “It’s not every day that you see an 184 tonne transformer being transported on the Highways England road network, but we’ve been working closely with the National Grid and police for the last few months to ensure this abnormal load is delivered to the substation in Cambridgeshire as safely and smoothly as possible.
“Throughout its journey we will look to keep disruption to drivers and people who live, work and are travelling in the area, to a minimum but recommend people plan ahead if they’re looking to use a similar route.”
The transformer, which is more than eight metres long, four metres tall and five metres wide, will be delivered on a specialist vehicle with a police escort.
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Motorists are advised to avoid the route if possible.
Burwell residents are being asked to avoid parking on the street or pavement between 6pm and 9pm on Ness Road, High Street, Reach Road and Weir Road.
National Grid project manager David Oglesby said: “Millions of people rely on us to supply their electricity without interruption, day in, day out so it’s important that we keep our substations and the equipment in them working efficiently. The delivery of this transformer to our Burwell site will ensure we are able to continue to deliver power reliably to the local area.”
The route The transformer will leave from Ipswich Docks via the A1189 and onto the A14 at J57 and head eastbound.
It will turn around at J58 and head westbound on the A14.
It will continue along the A14 and crossing Orwell Bridge which will be temporarily closed at around 9am for around 30 minutes to allow the convoy to cross it safely.
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It will exit at points including J55 and J51 to allow traffic to travel past.
It will exit the A14 at J50 and take local roads including A1120 and A1308 to re join the A14 at J49.
There will be a brief rest stop for the vehicle crew in a layby at approx. 0.5 miles from J49. This will allow traffic to travel past.
It will continue along the A14 until J43, where it will exit to avoid the low bridge at the junction and re join the A14 at the same junction. This will be repeated at J42
Read MoreOnce back on the A14 it will travel for a further 11 miles before it enters onto the wrong side of the carriageway (eastbound) just before J37 to come off at the J37 exit.
Temporary lane closures on the westbound and a full closure on the eastbound carriageway will be in place at this point.