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Transformer transporter longer than Olympic pool

A similar electrical transformer being delivered earlier this year Credit: National grid

A massive electrical transformer will be delivered on a low loader lorry to a power station in Nottinghamshire tonight.

The 226 tonne transformer, which is the size of a house, will leave a shipping port in East Yorkshire at 10pm, and travel 73 miles at 12 miles an hour down the M18 and M1.

It's due to arrive at Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station between 3.00am and 5.00am.

The A453 will be closed and the low-loader lorry, which is longer than an Olympic sized swimming pool, which be escorted by police.

Staffordshire based haulage firm ALE, who specialise in carrying heavy loads, have planned the delivery to minimise disruption to motorists.


Power station to take delivery of huge transformer

Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire which will take delivery of a 226 tonne electrical transformer tonight Credit: PA

A huge electrical transformer the size of a house will be delivered to Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power station in Nottinghamshire tonight.

The piece of kit is 261 tonnes and 66 metres long and has been shipped 5,500 miles from South Korea.

The A453 into Nottingham will be closed overnight so the massive load can be delivered. It's taken months of planning for the transformer to be delivered by road from Goole in East Yorkshire.

Pylons coming from the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station where the huge transformer will arrive between 3am and 5am on Sunday Credit: PA

National Grid gears up for 'busiest time' of the year

The energy giant, National Grid, is gearing up for one of its busiest times of year, keeping gas flowing into people's homes over Christmas.

During the festive period, its national customer centre, based here in the Midlands, is expecting to handle one emergency call every 15 seconds.

Dozens of gas engineers will be on duty over the holiday season. Our correspondent Peter Bearne has this report.

National Grid expect one call every 15 seconds

National Grid are expecting around 117,000 calls this Christmas as the company aims to keep families safe and warm by working around the clock throughout the festive period.

Engineers are expected to be very busy and in the time it takes to cook a 12lb stuffed Christmas turkey (3.5 hours), the company will take 1,050 calls.

On average they expect one call every 15 seconds.

National Grid expecting busy Christmas

The company expect to take around 117,000 this Christmas Credit: PA

National Grid engineers will be working throughout the festive period to make sure families across the Midlands have a safe and warm Christmas.

The company expects to take around 117,000 calls nationally over the holiday period.

Keeping gas flowing will be at the top of the agenda as millions of people will be cooking on Christmas Day.


National Grid learning centre opens in Newark

New learning centre in Newark, which will be opened today Credit: National Grid

The National Grid will officially open their new national learning centre near Newark today.

The UK High Voltage Learning Centre, which is based at Eakring in Nottinghamshire will provide students with specialist training in substation technology.

The $4 million centre will be officially opened today in front of 200 guests, including the Mayor of Newark.