This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 09/08/2018.
M25 traffic: Huge transformer to cause 45 HOURS of traffic delays on southern stretch of motorway next week
Motorists could face delays as the transformer travels along the M25 at just 12 miles an hour.
A house-sized transformer which will soon make its way from Essex to Surrey is set to cause some serious congestion on the M25 next week.
The huge transformer, which will cause delays along the London orbital, is so big hedges along the carriageway approaching Queen Elizabeth II Bridge have been trimmed ahead of the mammoth task.
Motorists using the southern stretch of the orbital motorway risk getting caught up in delays as it moves from Tilbury Docks in Essex to the West Weybridge substation in Surrey.
The huge delivery will be transported along the southern stretch of the M25 from junction 2 to junction 11 – encompassing the stretch that passes Croydon and Crawley and the interchange with the M23.
Letters have been sent out by National Grid to nearby residents who may be affected.
The electrical equipment will be moved at 7pm on Friday, August 17 and will be transported to the Surrey substation by 4pm on Sunday, August 19, Kent Live reports.
National Grid says the journey is expected to take up to 45 hours.
For most of its journey, the transporter will be on a specialist vehicle which is more than 68 metres long and 5.3 metres wide, travelling at 12mph.
But “to keep disruption to a minimum” there will be a 24 hour stop at Clacket Lane Services to ensure the delivery can be made on Sunday when there is less traffic on the road.
What’s its journey?
- It will leave Tilbury Docks via the A109 and will travel north until it meets the A13.
- It will then go along the A13 and onto the A1306.
- It will then continue up until the junction of A282 towards the Queen Elizabeth II bridge on the Dartford Crossing
- Once over the bridge, it will exit at junction 1A and go along the A206, B255 and A2 before rejoining the M25 at junction 2
- The transformer will exit the M25 at junction 11 and continue on local roads until it reaches its destination
People planning to use any of the above routes in the allotted times have been urged to re-think their journeys or allow extra time.