Giant transformer causes a flurry of interest as it makes it away to its new home at Walpole sub station

PUBLISHED: 15:10 24 July 2017

Massvie lorry delivers transformer to Walpole sub station PHOTO: Ian Carter

Massvie lorry delivers transformer to Walpole sub station PHOTO: Ian Carter

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It caused a flurry of interest across social media as people watched a giant transformner being transported along the A17 and A47 to Walpole sub station.

Massvie lorry delivers transformer to Walpole sub station PHOTO: Ian CarterMassvie lorry delivers transformer to Walpole sub station PHOTO: Ian Carter

The delivery was timed at the weekend to avoid causing traffic delays and appeared to go to plan.

Massvie lorry delivers transformer to Walpole sub station PHOTO: Ian CarterMassvie lorry delivers transformer to Walpole sub station PHOTO: Ian Carter

The transformer will help secure safe and reliable electricity supplier for the future, say National Grid.

Massvie lorry delivers transformer to Walpole sub station PHOTO: Ian CarterMassvie lorry delivers transformer to Walpole sub station PHOTO: Ian Carter

Edward Gomersall, project engineer at National Grid, said: “Moving a piece of equipment this size, while keeping traffic flowing on local roads is a major logistical exercise.

Massvie lorry delivers transformer to Walpole sub station PHOTO: Ian CarterMassvie lorry delivers transformer to Walpole sub station PHOTO: Ian Carter

“We have been working closely with the local authorities, the police, and our specialist partners to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

Massvie lorry delivers transformer to Walpole sub station PHOTO: Ian CarterMassvie lorry delivers transformer to Walpole sub station PHOTO: Ian Carter

“We appreciate the community’s cooperation during this exercise.”

Massvie lorry delivers transformer to Walpole sub station PHOTO: Ian CarterMassvie lorry delivers transformer to Walpole sub station PHOTO: Ian Carter

National Grid transported the heavy load by road on Sunday (23).

Massvie lorry delivers transformer to Walpole sub station PHOTO: Ian CarterMassvie lorry delivers transformer to Walpole sub station PHOTO: Ian Carter

The new transformer, used to regulate the voltage of electricity, weighs 177 tonnes and was transported from Sutton Bridge Port on a specially designed trailer that is 60 metres long and more than five metres wide.

Massvie lorry delivers transformer to Walpole sub station PHOTO: Ian CarterMassvie lorry delivers transformer to Walpole sub station PHOTO: Ian Carter

The load travelled from Sutton Bridge Port to Walpole from the A17 along the A1101 and the A47.

It then travelled via Walton Highway through West Walton to its final destination at Walpole Substation.

The trailer, supported by local specialist haulage company Allelys Heavy Haulage Ltd, set off at 8.30am and was delivered to Walpole Substation by late morning.

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