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Travel: Abnormal indivisible load on M25 this weekend

News / Fri 23rd Feb 2024 at 10:10am

ON 24 February a large piece of equipment will be taken from the Port of Tilbury in Essex to Millbrook Power station in Bedfordshire.

This is an essential piece of equipment for the power station which, when completed, will operate as a ‘peaking plant’ and only generate electricity at times when the country’s need is greatest. On completion Millbrook Power will have the
capacity to generate enough power to provide instant electricity to power 150,000 households.The overnight movement of this load is the first of three, with the next two currently scheduled for the 9 and 23 March.

Planning has been underway for several months and the first essential load weighs over 350 tonnes and is over 50m long. It will be safely escorted by police on its 79- mile journey and will likely cause a temporary hold to traffic along various points of its journey.

The convoy is expected to leave the Port of Tilbury at 17.45 on Saturday and follow an approximately 12-hour route to arrive at Millbrook around 06:15 on the morning of the following day (Sunday 25 February).

The second two loads will take approximately 16-hours arriving at around 09:15. Specifically, due to the complexity of transporting such a load, there will be likely disruptions, so we ask motorists to please take care in planning your journeys, in particular around the following areas:
  • The section of the M25 between Junction 21a and Junction 19 will be closed in both directions between 22:00 and 06:00. A diversion will be in place.
  • The exit slips from the M1 onto the M25 at Junction 6a will be closed in both directions between 22:00 and 06:00. A diversion will be in place.
  • The entry slip from the A12 onto the M25 anti-clockwise at Junction 28 will be closed between 20:00 and 05:00.
  • There will be a temporary holding delay of around 30 minutes at the Gallows Corner roundabout on the A12, and this is likely to be around 22:00.
The loads themselves will travel at a walking pace during local movements and the deliveries have been coordinated with local police forces and relevant council highways departments, being arranged overnight to minimise disruption to local residents.
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