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Abnormal loads becoming increasingly normal

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 13, 2014

The 100ft long abnormal caused severe delays to drivers on roads in Somerset yesterday

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An enormous boiler caused traffic delays on Somerset roads yesterday as it made its way from the M5 to a paper mill at Watchet.

The 145-tonne cylinder is 16ft wide, 16ft high and 100ft long and was expected to take seven hours to reach its destination travelling along the A38 to Bridgwater and then the A39 through Williton and Washford Cross before turning off on to the B3190.

Police gave advance warning of the abnormal load and escorted it on its journey.

It is one of a number of abnormal loads that have caused tailbacks across the West Country in recent weeks – with Sundays the favoured day for moving unwieldy pieces of hardware around the region's roads.

In November a 637-tonne load, measuring 294ft (89m) long, was transported by police escort from Didcot power station to Avonmouth Docks, taking up two lanes of the motorway and travelling at just 10mph. It was the third transformer of its kind to cause problems in the West Country in a few weeks.

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