Night convoys of turbine parts on A83 and A816 for up to 10 weeks from 24th September

Starting on Monday 24th September and running for 8-10 weeks  wind turbine components will be transported by road on the A83 from the Wind Towers plant at Machrihanish in Kintyre to Lochgilphead.

Their destination is GreenPower’s Carraig Gheal wind farm, North of Loch Awe so, from Lochgilphead the convoys will take the A816 to the site entrance 4 miles north of Kilmartin.

A few weeks ago, the company did a test run in daytime, with the journey taking 5 hours or so.

Following that trial, the actual convoys will avoid disruption by taking place at night over the period  – on Sunday to Thursday nights inclusive – so no formal road closures will be required.

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9 Responses to Night convoys of turbine parts on A83 and A816 for up to 10 weeks from 24th September

  1. “… no formal road closures will be required.”
    You are quite right but it is worth noting that the A83 will be formally closed for re-surfacing at Corranbuie (2 miles West of Tarbert ) each night between 21.00 and 06.00 from 30.September until 12.October.
    Similarly the newly painted, pinch point at Barmore Road Tarbert will also be formally closed for re-surfacing between 21.00 and 06.00 every night from 4th November for up to 2 weeks.

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  2. First – What exactly do they mean by “night” time? Do they mean any time during the hours of darkness? We deserve a much more specific schedule.

    Second – “convoys will avoid disruption”. Is this a deliberate piss-take, or just some PR person’s clever idea of dodging the truth? Of course the convoys will cause disruption, at the very least, especially in view of their sloppy schedules (see above). These roads are used by people at night as well as during the day. For those following a convoy it will mean double or triple the traveling time. For those traveling in the opposite direction it will mean nightmarish confrontations. The road edges are poorly defined, even in daylight, and the verges are as soft as butter. The potential for accidents is extreme. And what will happen then? Another total road closure for who-knows-how-long while the wreckage and casualties are removed!

    Third – I can well understand why the wind farm developers want to foist this on us, whatever the cost, because the sooner it is operational the sooner the subsidy cash will start to flow their way. What I cannot quite figure out is why they were given permission to sequester these roads. The most charitable explanation is that it was the same woolly minded ignorance of the realities of the Argyll road network, as demonstrated by the ongoing Rest And Be Thankful soap opera. However, when huge amounts of cash are involved, as in this case, I will keep an open mind.

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    • Stuart: the idea that formal road closures would have been required were the towers to be transported during daytime might be misplaced. There’s no history of closing roads for this type of traffic, and surely the roads aren’t being ‘sequestered’. Obviously there’ll be some disruption, but less at night when there’s less traffic around.
      The only sequestering is surely when trunk roads are now habitually closed overnight for resurfacing – to very considerable inconvenience, sometimes.

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    Looking forward to any replies …… Eileen

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  4. I made the same comment a couple of weeks ago Eileen…. amongst the replies I got were:
    1. the water’s not deep enough at Ardrishaig and
    2 the entrance / exit from the Ardrishaig quay isn’t wide enough….. garage would need to be moved.
    Not being of a nautical persuasion I couldn’t comment on 1 but felt that the owner of the garage might not be averse to a new building….

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  5. I would have thought that the cost of transporting the towers into Campbeltown, taking them off the lorries onto a ship, sailing the relatively short distance up to Ardrishaig, taking them back off the ship and onto more lorries would cost far more than just driving them up the A83, even including the cost of disruption to the few nocturnal drivers they would encounter.

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    • I’d add to Tim’s comments that the road from Campbeltown to Lochgilphead has frequently been used to transport towers, the only major disruption that I can recall was when large turbines themselves were the loads and they were just too big for other traffic to pass unless there was a wide verge. Large turbines are no longer transported on this road, as far as I’m aware, and the worst bend – on the brae between Muasdale and Glenbarr – is being (maybe has been) improved, part financed by the industry.

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