Abnormal load weighing some 180 tonnes wends its way through Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and onto its Norfolk destination

Transformer on the move to Walton Highway

Transformer on the move to Walton Highway - Credit: Archant

A major police operation got under way early Sunday to guide a 75 ft load through Wisbech and onto Walton Highway.

Transformer on the move to Walton Highway

Transformer on the move to Walton Highway - Credit: Archant

The cargo was collected from Port Sutton Bridge and got a police escort as it made it way through Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and finally to Norfolk.

The 180 tonne load – which one observer noted was supported by trailers with 168 wheels- was nearly 9metres long, 5 metres wide and 4.6 metres high.

Lifting it off the ship that brought it into Port Sutton Bridge was itself a work of supreme precision. The whole operation took some eight hours.

The journey along the A1101 and onto the A47 was necessary because the load was too big to get over the Cross Keys Bridge at Sutton Bridge.

Transformer on the move to Walton Highway

Transformer on the move to Walton Highway - Credit: Archant


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Police took several photos of the load as it undertook its journey noting that it stopped once for a short while near Wisbech because of an overheating brake drum.

One officer also tweeted a photo as its neared its destination – the National Grid sub station- showing “a spot of tree pruning to allow the abnormal load to pass”.

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