Another abnormal load to travel across Cheshire at 5mph

Drivers in Cheshire are being warned as another abnormal load is set to be transported across the region this weekend. Police road units will be escorting the exceptionally large cargo across the county during a three day period. Due to size, both motorists and residents are advised to expect disruption while the convoy passes along its planned route.

Those expecting to be in the vicinity of the convoy are being advised to avoid the area while the load passes, or allow plenty of extra time for their journey. The convoy, carrying the tank which belongs to industrial gases company Air Liquide, will depart from Ellesmere Port Docks Saturday at 5am, heading toward Kelsall before parking up for the night.

Another of the huge tanks is expected to pass through Cheshire again this weekend

At 8am on Sunday morning it will leave Kelsall, travelling to Browns Bank - the large lay-by on A54 Holmes Chapel Road between Sommerford Park and Station Road. It will travel here via Winsford and Middlewich.

The convoy will then depart from the Browns Bank lay-by on Monday at 9.30am, travelling to the Staffordshire border. It comes two weeks after police helped convoy a huge medical grade oxygen tank across Cheshire. The truck carrying the load can struggle to reach speed, especially when travelling up hills, and the width can mean it spills over into the opposite lane.

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This is the second of four similar pick-ups over the next six weeks.

While Cheshire appeared to get off lightly when it came to local disruption as a result of the last convoy, other areas weren't so lucky. The first tank that passed through the region later caused havoc on the roads in Staffordshire. The abnormal load caused chaos in several towns as it made it way along the route at just 5mph.

Drone footage released by Staffordshire Police shows the gigantic cylinder slowly moving along as long queues of traffic backed up near Stafford.

Crowds gathered to watch the convoy as it passed through the towns and villages.

Tree cutters were also called into the carve down any branches blocking the route and BT engineers were seen disconnecting and removing electrical cables to allow it to pass safely.

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