Abnormal load carrying quarry equipment to cross Wiltshire


Drivers have been warned to allow extra time for their journeys as a vehicle carrying an abnormal load is about to cross the county. The vehicle will move slowly on a number of A-roads on Wednesday, April 6.

The truck, which will be escorted by police due to its heavy load, is being transported by Smiths Heavy Haulage, which will transport material from the factory. The machinery is transported from Hampshire, through Wiltshire, then to Whatley Quarry, near Shepton Mallet.

The vehicle will arrive in the department at 9.30 a.m. and will be 4.5 meters wide by 4.95 meters high and 27 meters long. It will also weigh 166 t.

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It will follow a pre-determined route, allowing motorists to plan their journey based on its movements. The abnormal route will run through:

  • Along the A303 westbound from Hampshire at the A350 interchange before Willoughby Hedge
  • From the A350 it will lead to the A36 North around the Warminster ring road to the A361 at Beckington
  • It will travel along the A361 around Frome and up to Whatley Quarry

Due to its width, the truck will occupy both lanes of a single carriageway. This means it will move slowly and can cause traffic jams in areas where oncoming traffic will be forced to stop and wait for it to pass.

Wiltshire Police said: “Where possible, disruption will be kept to a minimum, although hauliers and motorists are asked to be patient should they encounter this movement. the time of their journey.


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