VIDEO: Massive wide load needs three trucks to take it 15 miles in six hours

A massive wide load has been delivered to its destination after police escorts were used to guide it through Moray.

Two trucks were required to pull the 245-tonne transformer, with another pushing it from behind, from Buckie to Keith yesterday.

It took the vehicles about six hours to complete the 15-mile journey during the meticulous operation.

Roads were closed as the extended lorry needed extra room to make it round tight bends on its way to the Blackhillock electricity substation.

Vehicles were forced to pull off to the side of the carriageway to allow more space for the huge shipment to negotiate narrow roads.

The convoys are due to become a regular feature in Moray this month as three further transformers will make the same trip for the next three Sundays.

The hefty electrical equipment arrived in the region by boat from Sweden. Yesterday Buckie councillor, Sonya Warren, revealed there had been a great deal of interest in the specialist operation.

She said: “Having something of this size certainly shows the versatility of the harbour. There have been several large boats in recently and it has generated a lot of interest.

“The harbour has got work from the power line project, but there are a lot of other things on the go too. The sale of the shipyard will help to increase traffic.

“It’s fantastic to see things like this in Buckie. Everybody in the town has got a connection to the harbour, it’s a big economic driver.”

The transformers are part of Scottish and Southern Energy Network’s (SSEN) project to link Moray to Caithness with an underground power cable.

The electricity line will export power from the north of Scotland to the rest of the country through the Blackhillock substation.

There will be further shipments from Buckie harbour to Blackhillock on July 16, 23 and 30. Each convoy will leave at about 8am and will use the B9016 Buckie to Keith road and A96 Aberdeen road to get to the substation.