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Tell us that an abnormal load will travel through B&NES

If you plan to transport an abnormal load through Bath & North East Somerset, you must notify the authorities who will check the suitability of your proposed route across bridges and roads.

An ‘abnormal load’ is a vehicle that has any of the following:

  • a weight of more than 44,000kg
  • an axle load of more than 10,000kg for a single non-driving axle and 11,500kg for a single driving axle
  • a width of more than 2.9 metres
  • a rigid length of more than 18.65 metres

Planning your route

You can get help to plan your journey by using the Abnormal Loads Route Map produced by GOV.UK.

The Abnormal Loads Route Map details the most suitable routes for moving abnormal loads, however you must still notify the relevant authorities, even if you're taking the advised routes.

Notice periods

You are required by law to give a minimum of two working days notice before you move an abnormal load. 

WarningPlease note, the required notice period increases for larger vehicles and loads.

Who to inform

We have been working with the West of England (Combined Authority) Abnormal Loads Service since 2017.

To notify WECA Loads Service of a proposed abnormal load through Bath and North East Somerset, please email