Green energy plans lead to more traffic
Wind and solar farms are putting more and more heavy loads onto Shropshire and Welsh border roads.
Massive wind turbine low loaders will cause hold-ups on the A5 near Chirk next week, police have warned.
And it has been revealed that articulated lorries will use lanes in the countryside around Oswestry if plans for a community solar farm get the go-ahead.
Motorists using the A5 from Halton towards Corwen may experience delays as police escort the transportation of abnormal loads on Monday and Tuesday.
From about 9am each day specialised load transporters carrying essential parts and equipment for a windfarm will crawl along the busy A5 through Llangollen, to Ty Nant, Corwen.
"Police will aim to keep possible disruption to a minimum and hauliers and motorists are asked to please be patient and allow extra time for their journey if they are travelling in the area," a spokesman for North Wales Police said.
Plans for the movement of equipment and materials for a proposed, 2,588, solar panel farm near Rhydycroesau. published this week, include re-routing the largest of vehicles several miles to the south, along county roads.
The proposed renewable energy park at Cefn-Y-Maes has brought objections from local residents who say they are concerned about the access to the site, just off an historic drovers' road.
Engena Ltd, says the majority of the vans and HGV traffic will travel through Oswestry and onto the Racecourse Road.
Objections have already led to the scrapping of a plan for a wind turbine which would have seen abnormal loads travelling to the farm.
In its Transport management plan the company says: "Components can all be delivered on standard HGVs and therefore no abnormal load deliveries will be required."
"Whilst all deliveries would be suitable to travel through Oswestry on the standard construction route without modification to the highway, the route originally designed
for abnormal loads is proposed for the larger deliveries to site in order to minimize the number of HGV movements through Oswestry town.This is in response to concerns raised by local residents through their Parish Council."
The route will take the larger lorries to the Llynclys crossroads and along the B4396 as far as the Green Inn at Llangedwyn were they will then turn right onto an unclassified road to Llansilin.
Chairman of Oswestry Rural Parish Council, Robert Milton, said the community still has concerns about access to the proposed site.
The plans also include building a temporary access track for the purpose of delivering materials to the energy park.
“We still have concerns with the delivery vehicles and the amount of HGVs going to and from the site. If it was to go ahead, we’d need to make sure there is minimum disturbance for the community. "