Abnormal loads

An abnormal load can generally be described as a vehicle that has any of the following characteristics:

  • A weight of more than 44,000 kgs
  • An axle load of more than 10,000 kgs for a single non-driving axle and 11,500 kgs for a single driving axle
  • A width of more than 2.9 meters
  • A rigid length of more than 18.65 meters

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) regulate and manage the movement of abnormal loads in Trafford and throughout Greater Manchester.

If you want to move an abnormal load in or through Trafford, you must use Highways England’s electronic service delivery for abnormal loads (ESDAL) to:

  • plot your route on one of the existing designated routes
  • notify us (as the highway and bridge authority) and the Police, of your abnormal load movements around the road network
  • get advance notice of any possible route problems
  • save vehicle details and routes for future use

Further information

For further information on what constitutes an abnormal load, and how to notify the relevant authorities visit GOV.UK.

Some abnormal load movements may require the temporary removal of street furniture such as bollards and signs. Street furniture requirements will be considered when an application made through EDSAL is reviewed. Under no circumstances should any unauthorised attempt be made to remove street furniture.