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The movement of large or heavy loads is known as 'abnormal loads.'
When hauliers wish to move loads that are classed as ‘abnormal’ (for example those with a gross weight exceeding 40 tonnes), a haulier must notify and gain consent from the Police. In addition, if the gross weight or axle weights exceed those specified on the C and U regulations he must indemnify the Highway Authority and all the bridge owners along the proposed route.
An abnormal load can potentially travel on any road providing the haulier complies with the law. The following tables show the local restrictions regarding weight limits and height restrictions.
Milton Road Bridge
10 tonne Gross Vehicle Weight
Middle Chine Bridge
McKinley Road D61522
15 tonne GVW
Stour Road B3059
13 tonne GVW
St Stephens Road Bridge
Iford Lane Railway Bridge
Stourvale Road Railway Bridge
Central Drive Railway Bridge
Prince of Wales Road Railway Bridge
Prince of Wales Road
The law requires the haulier to give a maximum of two clear days notice to the Police, Highway Authority and Bridge owners before moving the load.
The notice periods for loads over 150 tonnes, 6.1 metres wide or 27.4 metres long is different and hauliers moving such loads need special orders from the Department for Transport.
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