Abnormal Loads

Abnormal loads can be in excess of 4.6 metres wide and up to 650 tonnes in weight which require specific authorisation from the Highways Agency to operate on any road.

Notification of movements

Haulage companies need to send notifications through the ESDAL2 system. Merseyside and Greater Manchester Police also only accept notifications via this system.

If you have a short notice request you should phone 01606 362215

Phone: 0300 470 3733 (ESDAL2 Helpdesk)

Email: esdalenquiries@highwaysengland.co.uk

Agricultural Dispensations

If you are planning to move an agricultural vehicle you can submit details via the agricultural dispensations form on our website.

We no longer issue annual dispensations.

Police escorting

The routine escorting of abnormal loads is no longer carried out by Cheshire Constabulary. Self or private escorting of the majority of loads is permitted however they must comply with the Highways Agency and ACPO Code of Practice.

Hauliers can be charged by Cheshire Constabulary to accompany large or difficult loads or when it is necessary to contravene road regulations. The primary role of any escort vehicle is to alert other road users and pedestrians to the presence of an abnormal load or vehicle. 

Upcoming abnormal loads

Below are abnormal loads we have been made aware of. Details are subject to change.

This load will be setting off at approximately 08:15 hours from Ellesmere Port Docks at junction 8 of the M53, it will travel to junction 16 of the M6. The load is an electrical transformer which weighs 170t, the overall length is 66 metres. The route it takes can be viewed below.

Please note this is the reverse of the usual route, the abnormal load will join the M6 at J18 and travel south to J16.

It is estimated that it will reach Kelsall Hill at 10:00-10:30am. Social media will be updated on the day when it is due to join the M6 south which is expected to be at approximately 1:00PM