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Energy / Delays expected for drivers as wind farm work picks up pace

Diggers have started working on constructing the Sandwater compound to the east of the A970 between the South Nesting and the Kergord junctions. Photo: Shetland News

DRIVERS have been told to expect short delays on the A970 road near Sandwater over the next three weeks as a result of work related to the Viking Energy wind farm.

On Wednesday and Thursday (26/27 August) traffic lights will be in place south of Sandwater, where an access track is being built into the Nesting section of the wind farm.

During working hours passing traffic will be stopped briefly at times to let lorries reverse off the main road.

From Monday (31 August) traffic lights will then be in place on the A970 to the north of the Sandwater junction for a period of two weeks.

This will be while roadside cables and pipes are moved to allow construction of the new Sandwater road.

Viking Wind Farm and contractor RJ McLeod said they would like to apologise for any delays caused during these works.

The construction programme on the controversial 103-turbine wind farm started this month, with the development set to be operational in 2024.