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An abnormal indivisible road load is a load that cannot, without undue expense or risk of damage, be divided into two or more loads for the purpose of being carried on a road.
Hauliers intending to move an Abnormal Load on the public highway are required by regulation to notify all relevant highway, bridge and police authorities*. You must therefore notify us if your route crosses over or under one or more bridges or tunnels owned by Network Rail.
Read the Highways Agency information on abnormal indivisible road loads.
*The Road Vehicles (Authorisation of Special Types) (General) Order 2003 Schedule 9 Part 1 Article 2 at legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2003/1998/schedule/9/made.
There are various ways to let us know:
ESDAL is a free tool provided by the Highways Agency so that you can submit compliant notices. ESDAL automatically identifies affected authorities for you, and forwards your notification to the correct areas. ESDAL will also identify a number of known issues with proposed routes prior to submission.More information about ESDAL is on the Highways Agency website at highways.gov.uk/specialist-information/abnormal-loads, or you can contact the ESDAL support team on 01642 636 789 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you prefer to use email to issue a notification, we provide a number of tools to help you to identify if Network Rail will be affected by your abnormal road load. As well as the location of our structures, we also provide an allowable gross vehicle weight for all our bridges on the public highway.
This information is updated regularly and is available in three file formats: Excel, AutoRoute and Google Earth.
Highways Agency template - print out and complete all sections.
Hauliers must indemnify us when a road load affects our structures*. We accept annual indemnities.
Indemnities should be sent to AbnormalLoadsContact@networkrail.co.uk or to:
Network RailThe Quadrant:MKAbnormal Loads c/o Francis HenniganElder GateMilton Keynes MK9 1EN
*The Road Vehicles (Authorisation of Special Types) (General) Order 2003 Schedule 9 Part 2 Article 17 (a) at legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2003/1998/schedule/9/made.
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