Didcot Drivers Facing Traffic Nightmare

Friday, November 1st 2013 15:03

Drivers in Didcot could be facing traffic chaos tomorrow - as three large transformers, which are almost 90 metres long and weighing 640 tonnes - will be making a very slow move from the Power Station to the M4.

The massive vehicles are 89 metres long, and almost 5 metres high and wide.

They're being moved from the Didcot power station site to Avonmouth docks as part of the decommissioning process - and Thames Valley Police are already warning motorists to avoid the area.

They say it will take around four hours just to travel from Didcot to the M4 - which will cause traffic problems.

The transformers are being moved over three separate weekends this month - starting tomorrow from 9am and the route is A4130 to Milton Interchange, A34 Southbound to M4 Junction 13, M4 westbound to Membury services.

Due to the planned closure of the A34 southbound from Milton to Chieveley over the weekend of the 16 and 17 November, the load will move off from Didcot power station around 6pm on Friday (15/11) and travel the A4130 to Milton Interchange then A34 Southbound and park overnight on the closed carriageway of the A34 just before the M4 junction at Chieveley. The load will then move off again on Saturday (16/11) morning. If for any reason the planned road closure does not take place the movement will still happen but the load will travel direct to Membury services to park overnight before continuing its journey on Saturday.

Finally, the third load will move off from Didcot power station at 9am on Saturday (23/11) and continue on the journey to Membury Services on the same day.

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