“Abnormal Load” Heads To A27 After Oil Leak Delay Brighton News

A CONVOY carrying materials to an electrical substation passed through the county after several delays.

The convoy, carrying two loads weighing 300 tonnes each, was hampered by an oil leak before leaving Shoreham Harbor this morning and then struggled to negotiate the harbor gates to begin its 41-mile journey to a National Grid substation at Ninfield, near Bexhill.

The delays left the convoy about two and a half hours behind schedule, with motorists facing severe travel disruption.

The National Highways has warned road users of ‘significant traffic disruption’ along the A27 and A259 as the convoy heads very slowly through Sussex.

A diversion route via the A270, A259 and A26 is currently in effect, with a section of the A27 between Ashcombe roundabout and Southerham roundabout expected to remain closed until 8 p.m.

The Argous:

The closure took place to allow the construction of a temporary bridge so that the convoy could safely cross the River Ouse.

Footage showed vehicles in the convoy, stretching over 70 meters in length, heading down Sussex roads and navigating bends.

The “abnormal load” is escorted by police on its journey to temporarily block traffic and allow the convoy to proceed safely.

The Argous:

Despite the detour route, long delays have accumulated around Lewes as motorists seek to avoid the road closure.

Traffic also picked up along the A259 at Newhaven, with traffic moving at just 5mph.

Bus services have also been affected by the approach of the convoy, with Stagecoach warning that its routes 5, 6, 51, 54, 98, 99, 251 and 252 are all subject to disruption later this afternoon, as the load passes through Polegate, Bexhill and Ninfield. .

Residents and businesses in some cities and towns have been warned that access to their properties will also be restricted as the convoy passes, although National Highways has sought to reassure people that it will only be for a ” short period”.

The convoy was due to be on the final leg of its journey to the substation around 7 p.m. this afternoon, but this is expected to be pushed back due to earlier departure delays.

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This notice was published: 2022-03-19 14:26:11

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