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 09:30 hours in Staffordshire. It will be escorted by Staffordshire Police throughout its journey. After passing the Cheshire border on the A34 it should take about 80 minutes to arrive at Browns Bank on the A54. The load is an electrical transformer, the route it takes can be viewed here. Check our Facebook and Twitter accounts for the most up to date information on the day.

 

This abnormal load will follow the blue route below. It will travel from Browns Bank to Kelsall Hill layby, this should take approximatley 3.5 hours to complete. It usually reaches the A556 at Rudheath at 1130 hours. The route it takes can be viewed here.

It will travel to the A54 lay-by (at the bottom of Kelsall Hill) and park there until 1915 hours, it will then resume its journey onto the A55 and into North Wales. This is shown on the lower map below.

Please divert or take an alternative route if you can, as the load may only travel at 10mph or less. Check our Facebook and Twitter accounts for the most up to date information on the day.