Giant wide load squeezes through tight streets in town

A huge wide load slowly navigated its way through the streets of Burton as it headed to the former Drakelow Power Station site. The 6.1-metre wide load on a large lorry made its way through Stapenhill this morning, heading along Stapenhill Road, Main Street, Rosliston Road and Walton Road on its way to the power station site. With the assistance of two police cars and a private escort, traffic grinded to a halt as it made its way to its destination.

However, it did hit a slight snag in the town as a bollard in Main Street had not been removed in time for the giant load to get past, meaning the truck and its escort had to park up at Stapenhill Cemetery while the bollard was removed before it could continue. This led to long tailbacks for drivers as temporary traffic lights were put in place. Lorry driver Wayne Dyble said Leicester Heavy Haulage was moving a generator and he had set off from Immingham, in Lincolnshire, at 7pm yesterday, Tuesday, June 8.

The driver had to get the huge generator over the bridge across the railway line in Walton Road, which did cause a few delays for motorists. While he was parked up, Mr Dyble said: “We’ve had no problems moving it; it’s been pretty good. We’ve got to lift it over the bridge and the railway lines up ahead.

“We can deal with 10 to 20 of these a year but for this contract, this is the first big one. “I am sorry for the delays; we’re doing the best we can.” Mr Dyble has been driving wide loads, navigating through narrow streets, for 17 years.

Ahead of the wide load making its way through Burton, some residents received a letter asking that they avoid double parking along the route to help with the journey. However, others were not aware until they saw the roadworks. Resident Chris Walker said: “I was not aware of it before.

I don’t have a problem with it as it’s interesting to see it coming through. It would’ve been nice to know as if I’d been wanting to get out to go to work I would’ve been late.” The wide load passed through Stapenhill at around 11.30am, with the plan to arrive at its destination for 12.30pm.

The former power station is now home to Vital Energi, which transforms waste into energy.

It is planned to generate 18MWe of electricity from non-recyclable Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF), such as domestic and business waste, and provide energy for 14,000 homes.