DRIVERS are being warned of a "slow moving" and "wide abnormal load" being escorted through Wiltshire this morning (January 5). 

It is due to be escorted by Wiltshire Police from 9am, entering across the border with Hampshire and through Wiltshire to Whatley Quarry, near Shepton Mallet along this route:

  • A303 Westbound from Hampshire to the A36 at Deptford
  • A36 North via Knook and the Warminster by-pass to the A361 at Beckington
  • A361 around Frome and onwards to Whatley Quarry

Motorists travelling in these area are advised to allow additional time for their journey. 

A Wiltshire Police spokesperson said: "Owing to its width, the vehicle will occupy both lanes of a single carriageway road.

"As a result, it will be both slow moving and has 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 move.

"Anyone travelling in the vicinity over this period on time critical matters should allow sufficient additional time for their journey."