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Make way for massive load leaving Alstom, Stafford

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 18, 2014

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A MASSIVE electricity transformer sets off from Stafford next week on a journey by road, river and sea.

The transformer will be heading for Preston in Lancashire where it is needed to increase the capacity of National Grid’s substation at Penwortham and help keep the lights on.

The 270-tonne quad booster, was built at Alstom in Stafford. It will leave the Stafford factory to be taken by road to Ellesmere Port docks in Cheshire and then by sea to the River Ribble. A barge will carry it to a specially-built landing stage in a Preston park where it will be unloaded for the final leg of the journey by road.

The transformer starts out on Monday, heading out of Stafford on the A34. It will be carried on a trailer 73 metres in length and with a combined weight of nearly 400 tonnes. It is due to reach its destination two days later. David Omer, of National Grid, said the delivery had been many months in the planning.

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