SOME delays are expected on Borders roads today Monday November 20 due to the latest transportation of wind farm turbine components to Pines Burn Wind Farm.

Last week’s deliveries were disrupted due to weather and deliberate damage caused to a blade lifter which is being investigated by police.

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The transportation will be carried out by experienced hauliers using extremely specialist vehicles that travel at low speeds on certain routes. 

These vehicles are able to lift and tilt the long components where necessary to avoid trees, lamp posts, road signs and to negotiate bends and road undulations.

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Due to the size of the turbine components they are classified as abnormal loads and must be escorted by specially trained Police Scotland officers.

 The blades are 64.8 metres long whilst the tower sections vary between 21 to 37.4m long. For this first Phase there are 21 blades and 21 tower sections to be delivered to site.

The convoy is scheduled to leave a site near St Boswells around 9.30am  and travel initially to Selkirk via the A68 and

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From Selkirk it will travel south to Hawick then onto the site.

The Pines Burn wind farm project is located approximately 6km Southwest of Bonchester Bridge and 8km South of Hawick in the Scottish Borders. The project consists of 11 wind turbines, with tip heights between 130m, 145m and 149.9m. The development will be operational for a 30-year period, after which the turbines would be removed, and the site restored.

Please see the Pines Burn Wind Farm Facebook or twitter page for regular live updates.