Drivers warned of possible delays due to wind turbine convoys
17 June 2016
Large wind turbine towers, blades and other equipment are set to travel through parts of Bridgend County Borough later this month as work on a wind farm development gets underway in neighbouring Neath Port Talbot.
South Wales Police have advised Bridgend County Borough Council that they will be providing an escort for a series of ‘abnormal load’ convoys travelling through the area between 27 June – 14 July.
The turbines and blades are being delivered to Mynydd Brombil near Maesteg and the convoys are likely to cause temporary delays for drivers as they journey from junction 36 of the M4 along the A4063 to Aberkenfig and up the Llynfi Valley.
While vehicles carrying the towers and other equipment will travel along Llwydarth Road and Commercial Street before turning onto Neath Road, the blades will be transported to the site via Mill Street, Bridgend Road, Castle Street, Talbot Street and Neath Road.
With up to two deliveries anticipated each day between Monday and Friday and a single delivery on Saturdays, the developers and hauliers are making efforts to keep any inconvenience to a minimum, and are working with South Wales Police to schedule the deliveries so that they take place at off-peak times.
Councillor Ceri Reeves, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “While this is not something that Bridgend County Borough Council is directly involved in, we will be supporting South Wales Police as they escort the abnormal loads through the area to the development site which is just over the boundary with Neath Port Talbot at Mynydd Brombil.
“The convoys will be slow-moving because of the sheer size of the turbines, blades and other equipment, but as much notice as possible will be given before a delivery is made so that drivers can make alternative arrangements if they so choose, and updates will be issued should any changes occur to the delivery schedule.”