Crossdykes Wind Farm, Dumfries and Galloway



Crossdykes Wind Farm, Dumfries and Galloway

PBA was initially appointed by Muirhall Energy Limited to provide transport support for an application comprising 15 wind turbines (80m to hub height and 130m to blade tip) at Crossdykes in Dumfries and Galloway.

This involved identifying the preferred route for construction traffic and abnormal loads in consultation with relevant stakeholders, assessment of the routes to identify any remedial measures required, preparation of the traffic and transport section of the Environmental Statement and producing an Outline Construction Traffic Management Plan (OCTMP).

Once the project had started we secured two follow-up pieces of work for other disciplines; the first was to assess the potential socio-economic, tourism and recreation effects that could occur as a result of the proposed development. The second was to consider the need for a temporary bridge design solution at the Black Esk Bridge, which was identified as a pinch point for Abnormal Indivisible Load (AIL) vehicles.

A key challenge related to the Council’s roads section having concerns about the use of one of the identified routes, the C80a, by construction traffic vehicles so we undertook a study to satisfy them on the remedial measures required to make it suitable.

At a meeting of the Planning Applications Committee in May 2016, councillors gave their unanimous backing to the proposal which will produce clean sustainable energy equivalent to powering over 28,400 UK average domestic household.