Huge load delivered safely to Lancashire substation

One of the heaviest loads ever to move on UK roads has been delivered safely after a huge operation in Lancashire.

The first 270-tonne section of the electricity transformer was moved from the River Ribble at Penwortham Bridge to a substation about a mile away.

A number of people lined the closed roads as the huge load made its slow journey on a trailer on Sunday.

"It's gone very smoothly. We've had very little hiccups at all," said project engineer Barry Jordan.

Lancashire Police had warned of delays on the A59 Liverpool Road as the delivery was made.

Mr Jordan, of the National Grid, said the section was unloaded at Holme Road on the River Ribble after being brought by barge from Ellesmere Port.

The final stage of its journey to the substation was completed by road on a low loader with a gross weight of more than 500 tonnes.

The transformer is needed to control power on the grid for customers across the North West, southern Scotland and north Wales.

Its second section will be delivered on 20 March.

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