Warning over 140ft oxygen tank which will take FIVE DAYS to pass through the Midlands

Drivers are being warned of delays and diversions as a 140ft medical oxygen tank will take five days to travel through the Midlands. The major operation will see the police team up with tree cutters and BT telephone engineers to ensure the load fits under trees and cables throughout the journey. The tank – which is empty, 40 metres long and 6.5 metres in diameter – will travel from the Cheshire border through to Warwickshire.

It will be the first of four such journeys in the next six weeks. Starting on Monday, June 15, its journey will pass through areas including Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stone, Stafford, Rugeley, Cannock, Brownhills and Shenstone – finishing on Friday, June 19.

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The full route:

  • At roundabout, turn right onto A34 in Congleton.
  • Turn left onto A34 at Talke.
  • Continue on A34 through four roundabouts.
  • At roundabout, turn left onto A52 in Newcastle under Lyme.
  • At roundabout, turn right onto A527.
  • At roundabout, turn left onto A34. Day one stops at Strongford.
  • Continue on A34 through nine roundabouts.

    End of day two at RedHill.

  • At roundabout, turn left onto A513 Beaconside.
  • At roundabout, turn right onto A518 Weston Road.
  • At roundabout, turn left onto A34 Queensway in Stafford.
  • At roundabout, turn left onto A34 Lichfield Road.
  • At roundabout, continue on A34 Queensville.
  • At mini roundabout, turn left onto A513 Weeping Cross.
  • At double roundabout, turn right onto A51 in Woseley Bridge.
  • At roundabout, turn left onto A51.
  • At roundabout, turn right onto B5013 Station Road in Rugeley.
  • At double mini roundabout in Rugeley, continue on B5013.
  • At roundabout, continue straight onto A460 Hednesford Road
  • Continue on A460 through 10 roundabouts to Cannock.

    End of day three Great Wyrley.

  • At roundabout, continue straight onto A5 Watling Street.
  • Continue on A5 through one roundabout.
  • At roundabout, turn right onto A452 Chester Road at Brownhills.
  • Continue through one roundabout.
  • At roundabout, turn left A454 Aldridge Road.
  • At roundabout, turn left at Four Oaks Station onto A5127 Lichfield Road all the way back up to the A5.
  • At roundabout, turn right onto A5.
  • At roundabout, exit onto Roman Road/Watling Street through Hints day four stops half way along Watling Street.
  • At roundabout, in Fazeley, turn right onto A4091.

You can keep up to date with the movements on Twitter via @Tactical_Police

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