Huge abnormal load likely to cause weekend congestion

One of the largest loads to ever be moved through Wiltshire is likely to cause congestion in north and west areas of the county at the weekend.

The giant National Grid transformer will be making its way from Avonmouth Docks to a substation in Westlands Lane, Melksham, on Sunday.

The specialised transporter and its load will measure 5.10m wide, just shy of 65m long and weigh 254 tonnes.

Departing Avonmouth at around 6.45am and travelling at a maximum of 12mph it is expected to take five hours to reach Leigh Delamere services on the M4.

Continuing on from there it will exit the M4 at junction 17 heading south on the A350 towards Chippenham and then onto the A4 towards Corsham. This section is expected to take around three hours to complete.

The final two hours will see the transporter turning left onto the B3109 and then follow the A365 towards Melksham before turning left onto the B3353 and right into Westlands Lane.

Because of the size and slow speed of the transporter people are advised to ensure they allow plenty of time to complete any planned journeys.

A police escort, provided by officers on rest days and paid for by the haulier, will be provided throughout.

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7:47pm Wed 23 Oct 13

bbzz says...

65m long.. really?????
65m long.. really????? bbzz
  • Score: 1

8:06am Thu 24 Oct 13

norville says...

Saturday or Sunday ?
Saturday or Sunday ? norville
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8:52am Thu 24 Oct 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Both huge and abnormal... really?
Both huge and abnormal... really? Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: -4

9:29am Thu 24 Oct 13

A Duck says...

My huge abnormal load often causes weekend congestion... fnarhh fnarhh... I'll get my coat...
My huge abnormal load often causes weekend congestion... fnarhh fnarhh... I'll get my coat... A Duck
  • Score: 4

7:38pm Thu 24 Oct 13

beetawix says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
Both huge and abnormal... really?
Good point.
Huge makes more sense than abnormal whi ch does not indicate size.
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: Both huge and abnormal... really?[/p][/quote]Good point. Huge makes more sense than abnormal whi ch does not indicate size. beetawix
  • Score: 1

7:44pm Thu 24 Oct 13

beetawix says...

norville wrote:
Saturday or Sunday ?
We are clearly informed that this load will start out at 6.45pm on Sunday so I would rule out Saturday.
[quote][p][bold]norville[/bold] wrote: Saturday or Sunday ?[/p][/quote]We are clearly informed that this load will start out at 6.45pm on Sunday so I would rule out Saturday. beetawix
  • Score: 4

8:58am Fri 25 Oct 13

mjhudston says...

and exactly why can't they move it at night, and cause less congestion?
and exactly why can't they move it at night, and cause less congestion? mjhudston
  • Score: 1

11:08am Fri 25 Oct 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

mjhudston wrote:
and exactly why can't they move it at night, and cause less congestion?
Probably because it will cost twice as much.
[quote][p][bold]mjhudston[/bold] wrote: and exactly why can't they move it at night, and cause less congestion?[/p][/quote]Probably because it will cost twice as much. Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: -1

2:07pm Fri 25 Oct 13

norville says...

Whoops missed that :(
Whoops missed that :( norville
  • Score: 0

3:31pm Fri 25 Oct 13

beetawix says...

norville wrote:
Whoops missed that :(
and I meant 6.45am not pm
[quote][p][bold]norville[/bold] wrote: Whoops missed that :([/p][/quote]and I meant 6.45am not pm beetawix
  • Score: 1

3:33pm Fri 25 Oct 13

beetawix says...

norville wrote:
Whoops missed that :(
and I meant 6.45am not pm
[quote][p][bold]norville[/bold] wrote: Whoops missed that :([/p][/quote]and I meant 6.45am not pm beetawix
  • Score: 0

3:36pm Fri 25 Oct 13

beetawix says...

"One of the largest loads to ever be moved through Wiltshire"

Stonehenge was the other
"One of the largest loads to ever be moved through Wiltshire" Stonehenge was the other beetawix
  • Score: 5

6:26pm Sun 27 Oct 13

beetawix says...

any updates on the load?
there should have been a live webcast.
any updates on the load? there should have been a live webcast. beetawix
  • Score: 1

12:23pm Tue 29 Oct 13

beetawix says...

I see another load is passing through Wiltshire this weekend - a giant load.
I see another load is passing through Wiltshire this weekend - a giant load. beetawix
  • Score: 0

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