Turbine project reaches ‘significant point’

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Next month’s trial run for the turbines at Langhope Rig marks a “significant point” in the project.

That’s according to developer SSE, which will use a vehicle with an extended trailer to simulate the longest and widest turbine components on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 6 and the morning of Wednesday, May 7,

The route for the trial run will begin both days at the Jedburgh exit of the A68, and will then travel from the A68, through Denholm and Hawick town centre, from where it will join the B711 via Martin’s Bridge, through Roberton to the Langhope Rig site.

Kirstanne McDowall, community liaison manager for SSE, said: “This marks a significant point in the project as it gives us the opportunity to ensure that the real turbine deliveries, which are planned for this summer, take place smoothly. During the trial run we will drive the route slowly on both days to ensure any pinch points are identified along the route.

“Although the delivery vehicle will be slow-moving under police escort, we will ensure that the trial run takes place safely and with as little disruption to other road users as possible. Access will be maintained for emergency vehicles at all times and vehicles will be able to pass the trial-run vehicle at a number of points along the route.

“We would like to thank the communities impacted in advance for their patience during the trial run.”

Anyone who would like to raise any issues during or after the trial run should contact kirstanne.mcdowall@sse.com