Renfrewshire Council

EH&I move

435 tonnes, 80 metres long and 8 miles in 7 hours

At the end of last month, our roads and transport colleagues in Environment, Housing and Infrastructure supported the successful delivery of the largest ever load movement on Renfrewshire roads.

Weighing in at 435 tonnes, the equipment is part of Scottish Power's ongoing modernisation of their electricity network infrastructure to deliver additional capacity for Renfrewshire residents and achieve net zero targets set by Scottish Government for a more sustainable environment.

After several months of detailed planning, and in partnership with Scottish Power, Police Scotland, Ports Authority and Mammoet transport hauliers, a convoy of vehicles, including an 80 metre long trailer, departed from King George V Docks in Braehead at midnight. Eight miles and seven hours later, the vehicle and new power station transformer arrived safely at the Neilston Grid substation at 7am.

Our Environment, Housing and Infrastructure roads and transport colleagues regularly support the safe movement of abnormal loads on our roads network to destinations throughout the country. This involves working with partner organisations and transport hauliers to ensure road safety over a planned route, with traffic signals and road signage temporarily removed. In addition to machinery for the electricity industry, this also includes large and heavy pieces of equipment used in construction, and components for wind turbine farms and the renewable energy supply chain across Scotland and UK.

Published on Tuesday 8 May 2023.