Boilers bring village to a halt

Everything stopped in a Gloucestershire village as a huge boiler was taken through the streets on its way to be recycled.

The boiler is one of five which is being shipped off for recycling. Each weighs more than 25 buses and is almost 70 feet in length.

Temporarily, Berkeley's roads were shut to vehicles, telephone wires were raised and street furniture was shifted out of the way.

The village had to adapt itself to the 310-tonne boilers being carried through on transporters, as they were removed from the Berkeley power station.

Moving at a walking pace, the boiler convoy was en route to Sharpness docks, a few miles away.

The massive pieces of equipment will be put onto a barge and moved to Portbury Docks near Bristol, where they will then begin a journey to Sweden.

Eventually, the boilers will be sold as scrap metal once they have been melted down.

Steve McNally, Berkeley site director, said: "The removal of these boilers is a huge skyline change for the site and is a great achievement for team Berkeley and importantly our customer, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

"We have managed to remove legacy waste from the site instead of leaving it for future generations to manage.

"This project also has great environmental credentials, as the majority of the metal will be free-released into the marketplace for reuse."

Copyright Press Association 2012