High Speed Two (HS2)have notified us that there will be some planned abnormal load movements over several weeks starting from early December.
The first in a series of heavy load movements will involve the transportation of large sections of a HS2 tunnel boring machine (TBM). An external haulier, on behalf of Balfour Beatty-Vinci, will be used for these movements. The last in the series is expected by the end of March 2021 at the latest. The TBM, which is manufactured in Germany, passed its essential factory acceptance test and is being prepared for shipping over to the UK.
The inaugural delivery is planned to arrive into Tilbury Docks and make its way along an approved route exiting the M40 motorway at Junction 12. From here it will travel along the B4451, B4452 and A425 to Ridgeway north of the village of Ufton and finally arriving at their site in Long Itchington Wood North Tunnel Portal compound.
What to expect: Abnormal loads traveling from M40 junction 12 to the construction site at Long Itchington Wood North Tunnel Portal compound.
How many vehicles are involved? In total around 60 abnormal load movements will be transported slowly to the construction site and will be under the control of an escort vehicle.
When will the vehicles pass through? The deliveries will take place out of hours to reduce inconvenience to communities and road users between early December 2020 and late March 2021. The vehicles will transport the TBM components in a staged process