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  • Abnormal Indivisible Road Loads

    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.

    • For vehicles with a gross weight between 80 tonnes and 150 tonnes we need five clear working day's notice  
    • For vehicles with a gross weight of up to 80 tonnes we need two clear working day's notice  

    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.

    How to notify us

    There are various ways to let us know:

    ESDAL

    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 enquiries@esdal.com 

    Email or fax

    If you prefer to use email or fax 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 goss 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.

    Print the Highways Agency template and complete all sections.

    • If your road load exceeds the allowable weight and you would like us to carry out a more detailed assessment based upon your vehicle configuration, please email your notice to AbnormalLoadsAA@networkrail.co.uk  or fax to 0121 345 4361

    • If your road load is within the allowable weight please email your notice to Abnormal.Loads@networkrail.co.uk or fax to 0121 345 4361

    Indemnities

    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 Rail
      The Quadrant:MK
      Abnormal Loads c/o Francis Hennigan
      Elder Gate
      Milton 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.

    General enquiries

    Email AbnormalLoadsContact@networkrail.co.uk 

    Phone: 01908 783 140

    Or write to us at:

    • Network Rail
      The Quadrant:MK
      Abnormal Loads c/o Francis Hennigan
      Elder Gate
      Milton Keynes MK9 1EN