Abnormal Loads

We require notification of all abnormal loads that travel through Cheshire East.

How to notify us of an abnormal load

The gov.uk website provides guidance on abnormal load movement requirements.

Please provide the required notice in accordance with the above guidelines, and email your application form to AbnormalLoadsEast@cheshireeast.gov.uk.

Required notice for abnormal loads

Notification is required in line with the below requirements

Vehicle size and weights
Gross weight of vehicle: 
Exceeding C&U limits up to 80,000kgs (78.74 tons) 2 clear days’ notice* to Police and Highway Bridge Authority with Indemnity
80,000kgs up to 150,000kgs (147.63 tons) 2 clear days’ notice* to Police and Highway Bridge Authority with Indemnity
Exceeding 150,000kgs (147.63 tons) Highways England (HE) Special Order applies plus 5 clear days notice* to Highways and Bridge Authority with Indemnity
Width:  
Exceeding 2.9m (for C&U loads 3.0m (9' 10") up to 5.0m (16' 5") for other loads 2 clear days’ notice* to Police
5.0m (16' 5") up to 6.1m (20ft) HE form VR1 plus 2 clear days notice* to Police
Exceeding 6.1m (20ft) HE Special Order applies plus 5 clear days notice* to Police and Highway Authority with Indemnity
Length:  
18.65m (61' 2") up to 30.0m (98' 5") rigid 2 clear days’ notice* to Police
Exceeding 30.0m (98' 5") rigid HE Special Order applies plus 5 clear days notice* to Police and Highway Authority with Indemnity

*'Clear days’ notice excludes Saturdays, Sundays, Bank Holidays, Christmas Day and Good Friday for Special Type vehicles only. There are no such exclusions in Special Order movements.

Annual Indemnities

The haulier must indemnify Cheshire East Council against any damage that may be caused to any road, bridge or other structure by their vehicle.

We accept yearly Blanket Indemnities. A Form of Indemnity (PDF, 65KB) must be completed and returned in the post or by email to AbnormalLoadsEast@cheshireeast.gov.uk.

Contact us

Report a problem online

If you consider a highways issue to be dangerous, or an emergency, please call us on:

0300 123 5020
(8:30am – 5:00pm)

0300 123 5025
(after 5pm and before 8:30am, including weekends)

Highways
Floor 6
Delamere House
Delamere Street
Crewe
Cheshire
CW11 2LL

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