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Abnormal loads

The movement of large or heavy loads is known as 'abnormal loads.'

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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.

 

Weight Restrictions

 

BRIDGE

ROAD AFFECTED

OWNER

WEIGHT LIMIT

Milton Road Bridge

D63302                      

Network Rail                   

10 tonne Gross Vehicle Weight

Middle Chine Bridge

McKinley Road D61522

Bournemouth BC

15 tonne GVW

Tuckton Bridge                

Stour Road B3059

Bournemouth BC

13 tonne GVW

 

Height Restrictions

 

BRIDGE

ROAD AFFECTED

OWNER

HEIGHT RESTRICTION

St Stephens Road Bridge                       

Braidley Road                  

Bournemouth BC         

4.57m

Iford Lane Railway Bridge             

Iford Lane

Network Rail

4.04m

Stourvale Road Railway Bridge

Stourvale Road  

Network Rail

3.88m

Central Drive Railway Bridge

Central Drive

Network Rail

3.65m

Prince of Wales Road Railway Bridge

Prince of Wales Road

Network Rail

3.27m

 

Notice Periods

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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Related Information

 

Mail Address

Highways Department
Town Hall Annexe
St Stephen’s Road
Bournemouth
BH2 6EA

Telephone 01202 451199
Out of Hours Telephone Number

Out of Hours:
01202 451145

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