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‘Abnormal load’ could cause Wednesday road disruption

An “abnormal load”, which is due to be transported between Kirkwall and Stromness on Wednesday, January 26, could cause some disruption on the A965.

This is according to police, who issued a warning about the transit this week.

Sergeant Hugh Moonie said: “There will be a wide abnormal load move along the A965 from Hatston, Kirkwall, through Finstown, Stenness and Stromness to Copland’s dock, Stromness between 9.30am and 11am on Wednesday, January 26.

“It will be escorted by Kirkwall Police departing from NorthLink Ferry Terminal, Hatston Industrial Estate at 9.30 am.

“Owing to its width, the vehicle will occupy both lanes of the carriageway.

“As a result, it will be both slow moving and has the potential to create congestion in places where oncoming traffic will be required to pull in and wait for the load to pass.

“Wherever possible, disruption will be kept to a minimum although motorists are asked to please be patient should they come across this move.

“Motorists travelling in this area are advised to allow additional time for their journey.”

An “abnormal load” is the term given to any vehicle carrying a weight of more than 44,000kg.