DRIVERS in Sunderland city centre are being warned of slow-moving HGVs as six ‘abnormal loads’ of up to 121ft long are transported to Port of Sunderland.
The lorries will be moving through the city centre on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week (13, 14 and 15 December) as crane sections are moved from manufacturer Liebherr in Deptford to the port for export.
They include two loads that are 37 metres (121ft) long and one is six metres (19ft) wide.
The abnormal loads will travel under police escorts and to avoid peak journey times they are due to be moved between 9.30am and 3pm. City centre drivers could face delays as the sections are transported along Farringdon Road, A1231 Silksworth Row, St Mary’s Boulevard, A1018 West Wear Street and High Street East.
Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council and Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, Councillor Claire Rowntree said: “While drivers may experience some delays due to these six large loads, these crane sections have been manufactured here in Sunderland and are now being shipped through our port to their new homes. This is an important shipping movement and an impressive physical example of products that have been made right here in Sunderland.”
“We appreciate the patience of road users. Highways staff are working closely with the police and Liebherr on ensuring that these large loads are transported safely and conveniently to the Port of Sunderland.”