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Heavy load transformer to be driven through Preston

Posted on - 23rd June, 2018 - 6:41pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Fulwood, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Riversway, Roads, Transport
The transformer arrived via the River Trader into the Marina Pic: Donna Clifford
The transformer arrived via the River Trader into the Marina Pic: Donna Clifford

Anyone up and about early on Sunday morning is being told to keep an eye out for a very large load on the road.

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The transformer brought into Preston Docks is going to hit the road during Sunday (24 June).

The 178-tonne transformer will be loaded onto a specialist vehicle for the journey to Padiham, near Burnley.

Read more: Watch as giant transformer makes its way through Preston

During Wednesday (13 June) the Docks got a flashback to their industrial past when the River Trader brought in the heavy load.

Now it’s ready to be moved and motorists are being advised of its route.

Read more: Exploring inside Preston’s former Dock house

Allelys Group are planning to take the transformer, built in South Korea, on the trip to Padiham and they can’t go more than 10-20mph.

Police escort for the heavy load on Sunday (24 June) morning Pic: Lancashire Police Tactical Operations
Police escort for the heavy load on Sunday (24 June) morning Pic: Lancashire Police Tactical Operations

It goes from the Marina onto the A583, and then does onto the A59.

Coming down the ringway it will then turn onto the A6 and head all the way up the M55 junction of the M6 at the Broughton roundabout.

Once there it will then head south on the motorway to the M65 junction at Junction 29.

From there it goes on the M65 to junction 7 where it will exit onto the A6815 before turning right onto Blackburn Road and into the Shuttleworth Mead Business Park where it will reach the Padiham substation.

A rolling police road block is going to be in force as the transformer makes its way through Preston and traffic may be stopped for safety reasons.

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