Turbine lorry in delivery route test

Drivers are being warned to expect disruption on a route from Hull docks to the East Riding village of Roos on Monday when a specially modified lorry carries out a "dry run" of a journey planned for vehicles carrying wind turbines.

Wind farm developers RES will begin building a nine-turbine wind farm in Roos early next year and construction is expected to take 12 months.

An empty lorry capable of carrying the larger turbine components will test the delivery route, leaving the docks at 9.30am.

It will head east along the A1033 before taking Winestead Lane, Chimney Field Lane and Rectory Road towards Roos.

The lorry will travel back along the same route with its trailer reduced in length to 16 metres. The vehicle has rear axle steering and can "shrink" in size if it encounters a tight bend.

The company is taking advice from police to minimise any disruption and the vehicle will be accompanied by logistics experts and officers from East Riding Council's highways department.

Richard Evans, a project manager at RES, said: "We received planning consent to build nine turbines near Roos in June 2010. Since then we have been working hard on preparations to build the wind farm.

"We have carried out computer modelling to determine the delivery route for the turbines, but this practice run with an empty lorry will be used to make sure that we are fully prepared for bringing the turbine components to the site."

He added: "RES hopes to begin construction of the wind farm in early 2012 and it will take approximately 12 months to build, although the turbines will not be erected until towards the end of that period.

"RES is a responsible developer and we take great care to plan everything fully, well ahead of the construction period starting."

The company has worked in wind energy development since the 1970s.