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Abnormal load leaving Sutton Bridge on Sunday morning

Motorists are being warned to expect delays as an abnormal load makes its way from the port at Sutton Bridge on Sunday morning.

The 180,000kg Super Grid Transformer will travel down the A17 to the Peppermint roundabout in Holbeach and then take the A151 towards Spalding before reaching the Cowbit roundabout. It will then travel towards Peterborough before reaching its final destination at the National Grid Substation at Eaton Socon after eight hours.

Transport firm Collett say the trailer is 70m long and 5.5m wide, akin to 30 cars split into two lanes.

The load to be carried. (9088997)
The load to be carried. (9088997)

Head of Project at Collett, Liam McLoughlin, said: "The planning of this particular delivery and subsequent installation/site work started in the summer of 2018.

“The early portion of the route is a tried and tested heavy route, with deliveries made recently to Spalding Power Station. However, the latter stages, and in particular the access to the site has required months of office and on-site engineering.

“During the movement, Collett will have private escort vehicles that will warn other road users of the approaching convoy. However, the Police will be on hand to control traffic, with the aim to cause the least amount of disruption to the greater public.

The route map. (9089007)
The route map. (9089007)

“We appreciate that our movement will cause some delays to other road users. We have reviewed the movement along with the Police and local councils. The planned move takes place at a time when all of the stakeholders believe that it will cause the least amount of disruption possible.

“The project team have highlighted the route and the probable timings at which the convoy will pass certain locations along the route. We would like to point out that these timings are for indication only, with the possibility of many factors throwing the schedule off.

A previous load convoy. (9088999)
A previous load convoy. (9088999)

“We hope that the advance warning to other road users may assist them with their movement planning on Sunday. In the event that road users are in the vicinity of the convoy, we would ask that attention is paid to the Collett operatives and to the Police, who are in charge on the day.”


8am Leave Port Sutton Bridge

9am Arrive Peppermint Roundabout, Holbeach

10am Arrive Cowbit roundabout

Break 45 minutes break on A16

12.15pm Arrive A47 Peterborough and then on to Eaton Socon, arriving at 4pm.

Abnormal load. (9089003)
Abnormal load. (9089003)


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