Disruption to traffic is expected along the route as the convoy moves throughout the day at as slow as 15-20 mph in some parts, arriving in Hull at approximately 6pm.
At 9.15am this morning an ‘abnormal load’ destined for the United Arab Emirates via Hull departed from the Portakabin factory in Huntington near York accompanied by a police escort.
The consignment carried by Collett and Sons includes multiple vehicles hauling Portakabin units and other equipment, with some vehicles over 4.5 meters tall and weighing in excess of 75 tonnes.
The height of the consignment means that it will not be permitted to travel by motorway and that telephone lines must be removed to accommodate the cargo as it is moved along the route.
Routes with low bridges like the A64 will be avoided by the convoy as well as some roads with sharp turns. Street furniture along the route that would obstruct the convoy has been temporarily removed.
Liam McLoughlin, of haulage firm Collett & Sons, said to the Hull Daily Mail: “Alongside the police, we will have BT Openreach engineers and engineers from Northern Powergrid in the convoy to assist with overhead telephone and power lines.
“It is anticipated that the convoy will have to stop a number of times along the route and in parts thereafter it will be travelling at speeds of 15 – 20 miles per hour.”
The load will travel out of York onto the A64 heading south, then head east onto Hull Road (A1079) passing Pocklington and Market Weighton. The load will then take the A1035 around Beverley and proceed to Hull via the A165. The convoy will pass through East Hull on the way to the docks.
According to Highways England, an abnormal load is one that exceeds 80 tonnes (78.74 tons) in weight, 2.9 meters (14 feet 1 inch) in height, 18.65 meters (61 feet 2 inches) in length, or 4.95 meters (16 feet 3 inches) in height.
The same procedure will be repeated on October 24 when a similar convoy will follow the route.