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Abnormal load transported through Gateshead this weekend

News update

An electricity transformer is being delivered by ship and trailer to National Grid's Stella West Substation in Blaydon this weekend.

National Grid needs to replace the old transformer at Stella West, which has now reached the end of its life.  

The new enormous transformer which weighs 128t will be delivered by cargo ship to Shepherds Neptune Energy Park in Wallsend and will be transported by a twin 16-axle girder trailer and two ballast trucks to the Stella West Substation in Blaydon. This movement will take place during the night of the 12 and 13 June 2021.

The overall length of the abnormal load will be 65m and weighing 218t.

Electricity transformer The journey by road is expected to take around five hours and the transformer will travel for 17.5 miles at approximately 12 miles per hour. The transformer is expected to arrive at its final destination around 5am on Sunday 13 June.

There will be a rolling road closure with a police escort to help manage traffic and make the process as smooth and safe as possible, but the exceptional size of the load and its speed of travel means there may be some delays. National Grid, alongside its delivery partner Mammoet, transformer manufacturer Siemens Energy, and the police and highways authorities, have spent months carefully planning the delivery and route to keep disruption to traffic and people who live in the area to a minimum. 

The transformer will follow this route in the early hours of Sunday 13 June:

  • Depart Shepherds Offshore Neptune Energy Park; Fisher Street
  • Continue onto Neptune Road
  • Turn left onto the A187 and travel through Walkergate
  • Take the A193 through Byker
  • Take the A167 and cross the Tyne Bridge
  • Take the exit for A184 westbound
  • Take the A1 southbound and make a U-turn at Junction 67 Team Valley
  • Follow the A1 north
  • Take Junction 71 exit, turn left onto Hollinside Road
  • Turn right onto Market Lane
  • Turn left onto B6317 Hexham Road
  • Cross the River Derwent and follow the B6317 to Stella
  • Turn right onto Haugh Lane and continue along Newburn Bridge Road
  • Arrive at National Grid Stella West Substation, Blaydon

Due to the weight of the abnormal load this can be the only vehicle on the A167 Tyne Bridge. There will be a full closure to the north and southbound carriageways of the A167 between the 5 bridges roundabout in Gateshead to the Swan House Roundabout in Newcastle. The joint Highways Authorities recommends that anyone planning to use the roads along the route during the time of delivery should try to find alternative routes or allow additional time for their journey.

Residents in the area have been notified by letter with a request that all vehicles are removed from the highway between 12am and 5am to ensure the transformer can be delivered safely and efficiently. In addition there is a legal order prohibiting No Waiting, Stopping or Loading on Market Lane in Dunston which will be in place from 8am on the 12 June until 4am on the 13 June 2021.

National Grid project manager, George Hawkings, said: "Transformers play a vital role in helping to supply electricity, without interruption, to millions of people. We recognise this is a busy route, but we've been planning this for months to make sure we can continue to deliver power reliably to the local area while keeping disruption to a minimum."

To receive updates on the transformer delivery and subscribe to this text messaging service, please text INFO to 07984 358 060. Please note that, given the timing of the journey, subscribers to this service are likely to receive notifications in the early hours of Sunday 13 June. 

News update
08 June 2021

An electricity transformer is being delivered by ship and trailer to National Grid's Stella West Substation in Blaydon this weekend.

National Grid needs to replace the old transformer at Stella West, which has now reached the end of its life.  

The new enormous transformer which weighs 128t will be delivered by cargo ship to Shepherds Neptune Energy Park in Wallsend and will be transported by a twin 16-axle girder trailer and two ballast trucks to the Stella West Substation in Blaydon. This movement will take place during the night of the 12 and 13 June 2021.

The overall length of the abnormal load will be 65m and weighing 218t.

Electricity transformer The journey by road is expected to take around five hours and the transformer will travel for 17.5 miles at approximately 12 miles per hour. The transformer is expected to arrive at its final destination around 5am on Sunday 13 June.

There will be a rolling road closure with a police escort to help manage traffic and make the process as smooth and safe as possible, but the exceptional size of the load and its speed of travel means there may be some delays. National Grid, alongside its delivery partner Mammoet, transformer manufacturer Siemens Energy, and the police and highways authorities, have spent months carefully planning the delivery and route to keep disruption to traffic and people who live in the area to a minimum. 

The transformer will follow this route in the early hours of Sunday 13 June:

  • Depart Shepherds Offshore Neptune Energy Park; Fisher Street
  • Continue onto Neptune Road
  • Turn left onto the A187 and travel through Walkergate
  • Take the A193 through Byker
  • Take the A167 and cross the Tyne Bridge
  • Take the exit for A184 westbound
  • Take the A1 southbound and make a U-turn at Junction 67 Team Valley
  • Follow the A1 north
  • Take Junction 71 exit, turn left onto Hollinside Road
  • Turn right onto Market Lane
  • Turn left onto B6317 Hexham Road
  • Cross the River Derwent and follow the B6317 to Stella
  • Turn right onto Haugh Lane and continue along Newburn Bridge Road
  • Arrive at National Grid Stella West Substation, Blaydon

Due to the weight of the abnormal load this can be the only vehicle on the A167 Tyne Bridge. There will be a full closure to the north and southbound carriageways of the A167 between the 5 bridges roundabout in Gateshead to the Swan House Roundabout in Newcastle. The joint Highways Authorities recommends that anyone planning to use the roads along the route during the time of delivery should try to find alternative routes or allow additional time for their journey.

Residents in the area have been notified by letter with a request that all vehicles are removed from the highway between 12am and 5am to ensure the transformer can be delivered safely and efficiently. In addition there is a legal order prohibiting No Waiting, Stopping or Loading on Market Lane in Dunston which will be in place from 8am on the 12 June until 4am on the 13 June 2021.

National Grid project manager, George Hawkings, said: "Transformers play a vital role in helping to supply electricity, without interruption, to millions of people. We recognise this is a busy route, but we've been planning this for months to make sure we can continue to deliver power reliably to the local area while keeping disruption to a minimum."

To receive updates on the transformer delivery and subscribe to this text messaging service, please text INFO to 07984 358 060. Please note that, given the timing of the journey, subscribers to this service are likely to receive notifications in the early hours of Sunday 13 June. 

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