Access is one of the key considerations when selecting a potential wind farm site. Transporting people and materials generally involves only very minor additions to local traffic levels. For abnormal loads (wind turbine parts), we are currently considering two access options to the wind farm site. Both options would use the existing construction site entrance for the Beauly-Denny upgrade works on the Ardachy Road off the A82. To reach the site entrance the turbines could either travel from Kyle of Lochalsh via the A87 and A82 or from Corpach Harbour on the A830 and via Spean Bridge on the A82.
We shall discuss the site access in detail with the Roads Department at The Highland Council and local residents to ensure we consider any concerns people may have. A transport assessment will be undertaken as part of the environmental impact assessment process.
If the wind farm is consented, a detailed Traffic Management Plan will be agreed with the Roads Department and the police. Wherever reasonably practicable, we will source construction materials such as stone and concrete from local sources so they will not have to travel far to reach the site.
Photo for illustration purposes only. A turbine blade being transported to RES' Hill of Towie Wind Farm in Moray