Essex: Officers drive wind turbine blades across county to coastal site

Lorries carrying turbine blades negotiate roundabouts Eves Corner at Danbury.

Lorries carrying turbine blades negotiate roundabouts Eves Corner at Danbury. - Credit: Archant

OFFICERS have been helping Britain get green – by driving parts of wind turbines to their coastal destination.

Essex road policing officers transported sections of 10 wind turbines from Danbury near Chelmsford to the construction site of a wind farm at Bradwell-on-Sea.

Sections of the first tower were carried through the county on March 5 and March 6 and further parts will be transported when requested by contractors.

The towers are in three sections with the biggest load being 34 metres long and weighing 96,000kgs.

The individual blades weigh 43,000 kgs and the total length of the lorry and load is 44 metres.

Adam Pipe, manager of the Essex Police casualty reduction unit, said: “This is definitely the biggest and most complex series of abnormal loads we have had to deal with in Essex.

“But there is no impact on operational policing and no additional costs because they are being met by standard private hire charges paid by the contractors.

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“A great deal of planning and preparation has gone into this operation to ensure that the disruption to other road users is kept to a minimum.”

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