A massive electricity transformer was transported through the northern part of the country on 14 February as it completed the final leg of its journey to its new home at Minety electricity substation in Wiltshire via M4 Junction 16 to the west of Swindon.
The size of a small cottage, the transformer was transported at no more than 15 miles and hour on a sixteen-axle trailer pulled by two trucks. The journey has been planned for a Sunday to avoid the busiest traffic times. The transporter and its load measured 5.31 metres wide, 4.95 metres high, with an overall length of 57.34 metres and gross weight of 337 tonnes
Electricity transformers play a vital role in helping to deliver energy to homes and businesses. National Grid Project Engineer, Peter Hancock explained: “This essential delivery will replace an existing transformer. Once installed, it will play an essential role in helping make sure people across the region keep on enjoying safe and reliable electricity supplies.”
Police escorting resources were provided by volunteer police officers on rest days, paid for by the haulier at no cost to the public purse.
All photos by Richard Wintle of Calyx