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Big load warning for motorists

Press Release   •   Jun 06, 2017 12:00 BST

Motorists are being given advance notice of likely delays on a 13-mile stretch of road in Moray on two separate dates later this month.

A slow-moving heavy lift transporter will make the journey from Buckie to the Blackhillock electricity substation, near Keith, on Wednesday, June 14 and again on Sunday, June 18.

On both trips it will carry a 193 tonne transformer for installation at the substation.

Both journeys will begin at 9.30am and take between one-and-a-half and two hours via the A98, the B9016 Braes of Enzie and the A96.

The average speed of the wide-load transporter, which will travel under escort, will be around 10mph and following vehicles will not be allowed to overtake.

A Moray Council spokesman said: “In view of the width and slow speed of the transporter, motorists may want to take an alternative route between the hours of 9.30am and 11.30am on the days in question.”

The transformers will arrive by cargo vessel at Buckie harbour on Sunday and will be lifted ashore by crane the following day.

Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 95,510 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.

Headquartered in  Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray.

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