An electricity transformer, the size of a house, is being delivered to a National Grid substation at Willington, South Derbyshire this weekend.
Transformers play a vital role in helping to ensure the UK continues to enjoy safe and reliable electricity supplies, and we need to make sure the old one, which has now reached the end of its life, is replaced.
The transformer is expected to leave Goole Docks at 2pm on Friday 10 July and should arrive at Willington East electricity substation at approximately at 9am on Sunday 12 July.
The transformer will leave Goole Docks via A161 Normandy Way and enter Willington East Substation via A1532 Barrow Lane.
It will be delivered on a specialist vehicle which is more than 5.05 metres tall and 5.53 metres wide. The vehicle will travel at approximately 12 miles per hour. We recommend that anyone planning to use the roads mentioned above, should try to find alternative routes, or allow additional time for their journey.
Roads will not be closed but the exceptional size of the load and its speed of travel means there may be some delays on minor roads on the route. National Grid, its delivery partner and local highways authorities have spent months carefully planning the route and the delivery to keep disruption to traffic and people who live in the area to a minimum. The vehicle will also have a police escort to help manage traffic and make the process as smooth and safe as possible.
National Grid project manager, Roxanne Fisher, 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 Willington East site will ensure we are able to continue to deliver power reliably to the local area.”
To keep you updated and informed on the morning of the transformer movement, we have a broadcast text message service you can subscribe to. We will send you two texts, one as the transformer leaves Goole Docks, and one when the delivery is complete, and the transformer has arrived at Willington East Substation. We will also send you a text message if there are any delays in the schedule. To subscribe to this text messaging service, please text INFO to +44 7860 027 814.
Goole Docks to Willington East substation delivery route – Friday 10th July to Sunday 12th July
- Exit Goole Docks Jubilee Quay left onto Stanhope Street
- Re-enter Goole Docks West Quay Entrance
- Negotiate through Goole Docks West Quay
- Depart Goole Docks main entrance right onto A161 Normandy Way
- Continue A161 Andersen Road
- Turn right Anderson Road
- Turn left A614 Rawcliffe Road
- Merge onto M62 southbound carriageway junction 36
- Merge onto M18 southbound carriageway
- Merge onto M1 southbound carriageway
- Exit M1 junction 24a
- Merge onto A50
- Exit A50 junction 3
- Take 1st exit at roundabout onto A514 Swarkestone Road
- Turn right A5132 Barrow Lane
- Turn right arriving National Grid Willington East substation entrance