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Traffic warning for the M5 motorway in Gloucestershire

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

File picture as traffic expected on the M5 motorway

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DRIVERS on the M5 motorway are being warned that congestion is likely this morning as an abnormal load makes its way through the county.

Gloucestershire Police said it will be transported between junction 14 (Dursley) and junction 11 (Cheltenham and Gloucester) northbound from 10am.

A spokesman for the force said: “This will be very slow moving and likely to cause congestion on the motorway.”

The 'abnormal load' is believed to be an electricity transformer, the size of a house, which is being delivered to the National Grid’s Walham Substation, near Gloucester.

The 170 tonnes, nine metres long, and five metres wide transformer started its voyage in South Korea where it was built.

It arrived by ship at Sharpness Dock on the River Severn before being lifted onto a low-loader for the final 34 mile leg by road.

It will reduce the voltage of electricity so it can be sent to properties in Cheltenham.

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  • bonzaharris1  |  February 19 2014, 3:22PM

    You have to have a movement order for abnormal loads, which you have to inform the police for, they tell you when it can be moved and what route you can take, and what time. They also usually have to have support vehicles to accompany the load to ensure the safety of the load and those along the route.

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  • agent006  |  February 19 2014, 1:29PM

    It has to be transported in the day because the people who moan and insist it should be transported at 1AM on a Sunday are the same people who won't pay a penny more on their electricity bill to account for the significant extra cost of off peak transport.

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  • MrDuffer  |  February 19 2014, 12:53PM

    The load has to be transported in the day because the people organizing the move are complete idiots who have not got the sense they were born with........

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  • Matt1006  |  February 19 2014, 11:17AM

    Agree with supernova1. Why mid-morning on a weekday? If it is because it has to be transported during daylight hours, then why not at 8am on Sunday morning? But otherwise why not at 3am??? It is half term this week, but I can't imagine that has made much difference to the traffic levels on the M5 this morning.

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  • supernova1  |  February 19 2014, 9:43AM

    Can someone please explain why ALL abnormal loads should not be transported at night? This section of Motorway is already restricted by speed and width, so this 'load' will take up the whole width available. While I appreciate that these things have to happen, why not when traffic flow is at it's lowest? Seems that hold-ups are actually intentional, though what the Highways Agency thinks it will achieve are beyond me.

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