Sightseers turned out for 235-tonne transformer’s slow journey to substation

August 02 2016

ONLOOKERS headed for motorway bridges and roadside verges to watch a massive transformer being carried on a low-loader to Iron Acton.

ONLOOKERS headed for motorway bridges and roadside verges to watch a massive transformer being carried on a low-loader to Iron Acton.
Allelys Heavy Haulage, contractors for National Grid, transported the 235-tonne piece of equipment to a substation as part of an upgrade project to ensure reliable power supplies.
The transformer - needed to change the voltage of electricity before it is transmitted through the power network - was carried on a 55 metre-long (180ft) heavy haulage lorry from Avonmouth docks to Iron Acton.
With a police escort and accompanying special haulage team, it travelled between ten and 15mph along an indirect route chosen to avoid hazards such as weak bridges and narrow turning points.
That involved using the M49, M4 and M5 northbound to the Stroudwater junction, where it turned at the roundabout to head south again to Falfield.
It then went up Tortworth Hill and through Cromhall and Rangeworthy to Latteridge and on to the substation, with traffic stopped when necessary to make room for the vehicle.