A standard truck measures 2.50m wide – the moment the width exceeds 5.00m (i.e. double width), special dispensation is required from the Highways Agency. In practical terms it means that, even on dual carriageway roads, passing is almost impossible – causing the inevitable traffic queues and delays.
The next level is 6.10m wide, not only requiring a higher level of authorisation (Special Order) but, in all probability, the removal of street furniture and other obstructions – something that needs planning weeks in advance.
Seen leaving Portbury Docks near Bristol, about to go under escort, this Slag Pot measures 5.26m wide and weighs in at 60tons. Used to transport molten slag from the blast furnaces, within a matter of hours, the convoy will arrive at the Port Talbot steel works, in South Wales.
It’s the job of the STG Team to keep disruption to the minimum – a skill acquired over many years.