Now that's a tight squeeze! Giant wind turbine struggles through tiny Suffolk village en route to Kessingland
PUBLISHED: 12:09 06 April 2011 | UPDATED: 14:07 06 April 2011
LOCALS looked on in amazement, as this truck edged its way around a narrow village bend.
The drivers used all their skills to guide giant loads of wind turbine parts - destined for Africa Alive! wildlife park at Kessingland near Lowestoft -
through a tiny village.
The truck edged its way around the tight bend and came with inches of hitting the walls of homes as disapproving locals looked on.
And these incredible photographs show just how a tight bend on the A12 can barely cope with the demands put upon it.
There was no room for any other traffic on the road at Farnham as the giant load came through the accident blackspot at 5.15pm on Monday, taking up the whole carriageway as it went.
It was a startling sight which villagers and campaigners claimed backed their calls for a bypass for the road.
Villagers in Marlesford, Little Glemham, Stratford St Andrew and Farnham have long campaigned for a bypass for the four-mile stretch, saying their lives have been made intolerable by rising traffic and pollution levels.
They said Monday’s big move proved the road is just not suitable for heavy and wide loads – and with the prospect of Sizewell C looming, traffic levels and loads are set to rise.
Peter Norris, who lives on the notorious Farnham bend, took the photographs from outside his home on Monday evening. The boatbuilder was driving home from work when he became stuck behind the wind turbine convoy.
“They had to stop at the bend at Glemham because they couldn’t get round it without stopping the other traffic. The police set up a cordon and let the waiting traffic through.
“I got home before it and grabbed my camera. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a load as long as that. It was incredible. The whole road had to be clear and the queues were tremendous.
“The point is that something needs to be done because we are going to get more and more heavy loads coming through. It really hammers it home.”
Angry villagers have been battling for a relief road for decades and a fully-agreed scheme was axed at the eleventh hour in 1996.
Suffolk County Council, which owns the road, backs a bypass but says it has little chance of securing funding - thought to be over £50million - as spending cuts begin to bite.
However, campaigners believe they still have a chance of securing the road through energy giant EDF, which is intending to build a new power plant at Sizewell.
If it gets the go-ahead for the development, it will be asked to contribute to local transport schemes – and locals are keen to make sure the A12 bypass is given priority.