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An ‘abnormal load’ is a road vehicle that has any of the following:
Hauliers intending to move an Abnormal Load on the public highway are required by Regulation to notify all relevant highway, bridge and police authorities and to indemnify them in respect of any damage that is caused to roads or bridges in the course of the journey.
You must therefore notify us if your route crosses over one or more bridges or tunnels owned by Network Rail.
The Regulations also specify when you must notify us, in relation to the start date of your intended movement
Read Highways England’s information on abnormal indivisible road loads.
The Road Vehicles (Authorisation of Special Types) (General) Order 2003 Schedule 9 Part 1 Article 2 at http://legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2003/1998/schedule/9/made.
There are various ways to tell us that you are planning to move an Abnormal Load:
ESDAL is a free tool provided by Highways England 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 England website, 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 Load.
Hauliers must indemnify* us against possible damage when an abnormal load traverses our structures.
We accept annual indemnities.
Please send your indemnity to our office in the correct format:
by email to AbnormalLoadsContact@networkrail.co.uk
or by post to:
Abnormal Loads c/o Francis Hennigan
Milton Keynes MK9 1EN
The Road Vehicles (Authorisation of Special Types) (General) Order 2003 Schedule 9 Part 2 Article 17 at http://legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2003/1998/schedule/9/made.