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Huge transformer to pass through the North East

Transportation of a converter transformer in Kent, February 2017. Photo: ALE

A 223 tonne transformer is set to make its way through the North East travelling at around 10 mph on roads including the A1 and A19 tonight.

ALE is transporting the transformer from Stella West Substation in Newcastle at 9.30pm, to Swan Hunters Berth at Wallsend, where it will be put on a barge at Ellesmere Port before continuing its journey to Oldbury.

ALE has been working closely with Highways England, the local authority and police to plan the journey through the region.

Drivers are advised that this vehicle will be travelling at very low speeds and there will be delays as this transformer is transported along its route. Drivers may wish to use alternative routes.

The abnormal load’s journey will also take the transformer through the roadworks at the A19 Coast Road where work has been taking place to create a triple decker roundabout.

To allow the vehicle to make its way safely through the roadworks the A19 will be closed from Holystone to Wallsend in both directions along with the roundabout and associated slip roads from 8pm this evening to 6am Wednesday 16 August.

The transformer will travel along Highways England roads as well as some local authority roads.

The journey had been due to take place last Friday but was postponed.