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Watch huge Frodsham Wind Farm turbine blades delivered from Liverpool

Massive 45m blades transported from Liverpool on Tuesday

This video shows the true scale of these Frodsham-bound wind turbine blades.

Frodsham Wind Farm took its first delivery of the 45m-long components with a police escort overseeing them being moved from the Port of Liverpool on Tuesday (April 12).

Two Collett and Sons Ltd lorries carried the blades by a route along the M57, M62, M6 and M56 to reach the project site.

Navigating out of Liverpool proved to be the trickiest part of the operation, but it was plain sailing once the convoy reached the motorway.

Developers Peel Energy said three blades will be delivered each day through to Friday.

Giant wind turbine blades measuring 45-metres in length were transported out of the Port of Liverpool at Seaforth Docks via two huge lorries on their way to Frodsham Wind Farm with the help of an escort from Cheshire Police. Photo by James Maloney

Traffic was briefly brought to a standstill outside the port as the escort set off at about 11.30am and it took about two hours to reach its destination.

All of the components for the 19 wind turbines planned for the Frodsham site will be transported from the Port of Liverpool over the next 15 weeks.

But only the blades, which have been built and supplied by German engineering company Nordex, will need an escort.

Development director at Peel Energy Jonathan England said: “Being able to make such extensive use of the motorway network is ideal.

“These roads regularly handle large loads from the Port of Liverpool and will allow us to get nearly all the way to our site without touching the local road network.

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“We’ve worked hard on the transportation scheduling to ensure there will be minimal disruption to road users during this phase of Frodsham Wind Farm’s development.”

The turbine blades being carried along the M56

Cheshire Police assisted with two bikes in front of the lorries and two escort vehicles behind, but the convoy was able to travel quickly so did not cause major delays for drivers.

Construction of Frodsham Wind Farm began a year ago this month and Peel say the site will provide 50MW of clean energy once it is up and running.

A controversial development when it was approved, views remain split on how the £3m community benefit fund provided by the developer should be spent.

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