An abnormal load is a large load that needs to be transported along our road network. It's usually something that meets one or more of the following conditions:
- a weight of more than 44,000 kilograms
- an axle load of more than 10,000 kilograms for a single non-driving axle and 11,500 kilograms for a single driving axle
- a width of more than 2.9 metres
- a rigid length of more than 18.65 metres
Abnormal loads are usually moved by specialist hauliers.
Who you need to notify about moving an abnormal load
If you intend to transport an abnormal load on a route within the borough, you may need to give advance warning (depending on the load you're moving and your route) to:
- Barnsley Council (as the highways authority)
- bridge and structure owners, like Highways England and Network Rail
- South Yorkshire Police, for approval and to provide an escort where necessary
Check the notification time requirements to make sure you allow enough time to get the necessary clearance to move your load.
How to notify the appropriate authorities
- You can register to use the electronic service delivery for abnormal loads (ESDAL)
- You can use the appropriate Highways England forms
- You can fill in our online form, which should include the following information:
- the weight and size of your load
- how many axles it’s being carried on
- the route you're travelling
- when you’re transporting it
When we receive your notification
We'll check any proposed route to make sure it's suitable for abnormal loads. If we need to check a bridge or other structure, or remove any street furniture for the abnormal load to pass through, there may be a charge.