Abnormal load blamed for traffic chaos as convoy runs well behind schedule

Posted On 19 Mar 2022 at 5:41 pm

Next to Hove Lagoon shortly after the load left Shoreham Harbour – Picture courtesy of National Highways

An abnormal load was blamed for causing congestion and chaos on the roads in and around Brighton and Hove today (Saturday 19 March).

An electric reactor and a transformer are being transported along a 41-mile route from Shoreham Harbour to a National Grid electricity sub-station at Ninfield, between Bexhill and Battle.

The load was scheduled to leave the harbour at 9.30am but left nearer to midday – some two and a half hours later than planned.

And it was due to go through the A23 junction at Patcham at about 10.30am – rather than use the A27 flyover because the load is so heavy.

But the two 300-tonne loads – each more than 70 metres long – reached the roundabout about six hours later than expected.

The load reached Southern Cross at about 1.20pm – Picture by Sarah Ison

Earlier this week National Grid said: “Due to the complexity of moving equipment of this size there will be significant disruption to traffic on the A27 and A259 which has been chosen by the police as the safest route for the convoy to take across the county.

“The A27 between the Ashcombe roundabout and the Southerham roundabout will be closed from 6am to 8pm while a temporary bridge is set up so the convoy can safely cross the River Ouse.

“A diversion will be in place in both directions via the A270, A259 and A26.”

The load was still navigating the traffic lights at Southern Cross more than 20 minutes after reaching the crossroads – Picture by Sarah Ison

Sussex Police thanked drivers for their patience as queues grew – for longer and later in the day than anticipated.

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