Abnormal lorry load warning

SINCE yesterday, Mar-Train Heavy Haulage Ltd has been transporting the component parts of three wind turbines from Montrose Harbour to a site at Hillhead of Auquhirie, near Stonehaven.

This is expected to take until the end of the month.

These abnormal loads are considerable in size, measuring up to 34 metres long and 5.1 metres wide.

Because of its size, each load will be escorted by police throughout its movement.

The identified route will see the convoy leave the South Quay, Montrose Harbour, following the A92 Montrose by-pass, A935 and B966, via Brechin and Trinity, before joining the northbound carriageway of the A90 Dundee to Aberdeen road and north to Hillhead of Auquhirie, Stonehaven.

Sergeant Neil Morrison, from Grampian Police’s Road Policing Department, Stonehaven, who is in charge of the operation, 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.

“In an effort to minimise disruption, the abnormal loads will be leave Montrose Harbour at 6.30am on week days. That said, I would ask motorists to exercise patience and if necessary, find an alternative route to avoid unwanted delays.”