Abnormal Loads

Abnormal loads can be in excess of 4.6 metres wide and up to 650 tonnes in weight which require specific authorisation from the Highways Agency to operate on any road.

Notify us

Haulage companies should send Cheshire Constabulary wide load notifications via fax on      0845 359 5916 or email abnormal.loads@cheshire.pnn.police.uk. Two clear working days notice is required. 

Police escorting

The routine escorting of abnormal loads is no longer carried out by Cheshire Constabulary. Self or private escorting of the majority of loads is permitted however they must comply with the Highways Agency and ACPO Code of Practice.

Hauliers can be charged by Cheshire Constabulary to accompany large or difficult loads or when it is necessary to contravene road regulations. The primary role of any escort vehicle is to alert other road users and pedestrians to the presence of an abnormal load or vehicle. 

Upcoming abnormal loads

Below are abnormal loads we have been made aware of. Details are subject to change.

This load will be setting off at approximately 08:15 hours from Ellesmere Port Docks at junction 8 of the M53, it will travel to junction 16 of the M6. The load weighs 304t and is 228 feet long. The route it takes can be viewed here.

Please note this is the reverse of the usual route, the abnormal load will join the M6 at J18 and travel south to J16.

It is estimated that it will reach Kelsall Hill at 10:00-10:30am. Social media will be updated on the day when it is due to join the M6 south.



The abnormal load is an electrical transformer, it will be leaving the docks at Ellesmere Port at 0815am. The route that it will take can be viewed below. The load will travel at between 10-15 MPH. If you can, take an alternative route.

It is anticipated that it will pass Chester Zoo at 0920am .The abnormal load will start the climb for Kelsall Hill at approximately 1130 hours.

Please see social media for up to date information