Wide load moving through South Wiltshire

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Published by Faye Tryhorn at 7:06am 19th May 2018

A huge pre-fabricated metal structure is being transported through our part of the county on Sunday morning (May 20th).

There's a warning to watch out for some slow moving and wide traffic on South Wiltshire's roads this weekend.

An 'abnormal load' is set to travel through the area on Sunday morning (May 20th), escorted by Wiltshire Police.

It's going from Westbury into Hampshire, using a number of routes through our area.

A pre-determined route has been arranged to help the load get through, due to its size:

  • Leaving The Ham, Westbury at 7.00am
  • Taking Hawkeridge Road to Philips Way, Trowbridge
  • Joining the A363 to Yarnbrook
  • Going onto the A350 South through Westbury to Warminster
  • From there, it'll move into our area via the A36 Warminster by-pass to Deptford
  • Then joining the A303 Eastbound travelling into Hampshire at around 9.30am.

WHAT'S BEING TRANSPORTED?

The load is a pre-fabricated metal structure measuring 5 metres wide.

That size means it will take up one and a half lanes of the normal road and as a result, be slow moving and could create congestion behind it.

On any single carriageway roads, it will also require drivers to pull in and wait for the load of pass.

Wiltshire Police has said:

"Wherever possible, disruption will be kept to a minimum although both hauliers and motorists are asked to please be patient should they come across this load. Anyone travelling over this period on time critical matters should allow sufficient additional time."

The control room at Wiltshire Police headquarters will monitor its movement through the county and provide updates om social media where appropriate to help motorists plan their journey.

It's also been confirmed that any police escorting resources are being provided by volunteer officers, working on rest days, paid for by the haulier at no cost to the public.

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