Creag Riabach Overhead Line Connection

Southern Scottish Electric
Scottish Highlands
Planning Authority
Highland Council
Environmental Impact Assessment

Project Overview

AMA provided support on a planning application, including the Environmental Statement submission for the proposed Creag Riabach Overhead Line Connection.

The proposals were for 22km of overhead electricity lines between the Creag Riabach Windfarm and a location to the north of Lairg in the Scottish Highlands.

Given the location of the site and its relative remoteness from the highway network, the scheme required detailed consideration of the construction process and ensuring that appropriate vehicles could access the site and remote locations for the overhead line alignment.

In addition the ES assessed the impact of both the construction and post construction operational traffic on local residents and amenities to ensure that any suitable mitigation during these periods could be provided.

Key Inputs / Outcomes

  • AMA prepared a ‘Transportation’ Chapter for the ES submission, which included developing a construction trip profile based on the construction programme and materials requirements.
  • AMA provided swept path analysis to determine suitability for abnormal / HGV loads and proposed temporary mitigation measures required to accommodate vehicles during construction.
  • AMA identified and assessed the environmental impacts associated with construction traffic and also cumulative vehicle movements from other developments against significance criteria.
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