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10 Sep 2012

Turbines set to roll as Muasdale road improvement opens

A major road improvement has been opened at Muasdale on the A83 addressing a long standing 'pinch point' on the journey from Lochgilphead to Campbeltown. The improvement has been made to assist the delivery of components for GreenPower's Carraig Gheal wind farm which will begin on Monday September 24th.

The £1.4m improvement has involved widening the carriageway on the landward side of the road at Tangytavil Farm. Argyll and Bute Council have contributed £0.5m towards the project which will improve conditions for traffic, especially where two HGVs are passing in this road section.

The improvement will allow the transport of wind turbine components for the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm. This will include 20 sets of turbine towers  built at the Windtowers factory in Machrihanish. Other components of the Siemens turbines, shipped in to the recently improved harbour at Campbeltown, will join the towers at Machrihanish before heading north on the A83 and A816. North of Kilmartin the convoys will make the final 28km leg of the journey on the newly constructed West Loch Awe Timber Haul Route to the wind farm site.

John Morgan, Director of GreenPower said, "We are very grateful to Argyll and Bute Council, the landowners at Tangytavil and our contractors for helping us successfully deliver this improvement to a critical part of the A83. While it provides a direct benefit to our own project, we are sure it will also contribute to the lasting success of Argyll's renewables industry and the wider local economy."

Cllr John Semple, Lead Councillor for Environment, Development and Infrastructure said, "I am pleased to see this section of the A83 improved, it has been a difficult spot and increasingly so as the size of vehicles on our roads increases. This development is a good example of partnership working between the contractors, and public and private sector, we must see more of this kind of close working relationship in future."