Police are asking drivers to be aware of a slow-moving and wide ‘abnormal load’ that will be escorted through the A303 on Tuesday 22 May.

The load is due to be escorted by Wiltshire Police from 10.00am, leaving Whatley Quarry near Frome along the following pre-determined route:

A361 around Frome to the A36 at Beckington

A36 South via Warminster by-pass and Knook to the A303 at Deptford

A303 Eastbound to Hampshire

It is expected to leave the county on the A303 into Hampshire at around 1pm that afternoon.

The load will measure 4.7 metres wide / 4.87 metres high / weigh 100T, is made up of a quarry vehicle and will be moved by Walters Plant Ltd from S.Wales.

Due to its width, it will take up around one and a half lanes of a standard road. As a result, it will be both slow moving and have the potential to create congestion in places where oncoming traffic will be required to pull in and wait for the load to pass.

Wherever possible, disruption will be kept to a minimum although both hauliers and motorists are asked to please be patient should they come across this load. Anyone travelling over this period on time critical matters should allow sufficient additional time.

Regular updates and travel information in respect of this abnormal load will be passed from the Control Room at Devizes where appropriate to help motorists plan their journey.

Police escorting resources are being provided by volunteer Officers, paid for by the haulier at no cost to the public.