Abnormal Loads are allowed across the Tamar Bridge however there are restrictions and charges that apply to these crossings.
Loads either exceeding 2.9 metres in overall width or exceeding 44 tonnes in gross weight are considered to be abnormal loads. Loads exceeding 4.8 metres in overall height must also be notified.
All eastbound abnormal loads must use the main deck and not the north cantilever lane for crossings.
Abnormal loads will not be allowed to cross the bridge between the following hours:-
06.30 – 09.30 hours and 15.30 – 18.30 hours during any weekday
06.30 – 18.30 hours during any weekend day in the months May – September inc. or at other times at the discretion of the Bridge Manager.
Please contact the Bridge Supervisor at firstname.lastname@example.org ,alternatively telephone 01752 355085 for the latest information
UPDATED ADVANCED NOTICE – Wide vehicles (over 2.9m) movement restrictions from 26th July 2021.
As you may be aware, essential resurfacing work started in June on the Tamar Bridge North and South Cantilevers.
Phase 2 of this work is currently planned to start on the main deck of the Bridge from 26th July and this will result in lane width restrictions until Autumn 2021.
Unfortunately, loads over 2.9m wide will not be able to use the Tamar Bridge and A38 Saltash Tunnel until these works are completed.
Hauliers of wide vehicles must seek alternative routes until engineering works have been completed.
Movements of vehicles over 44T should continue to use existing movement protocols. For the latest information please go to www.tamarcrossings.org.uk . Alternatively contact Bridge Control room on 07789 501127
There are also time scales as to how much notification is required prior to the day of crossing. To gain permission for abnormal loads to cross the Bridge the application form must be submitted in advance to the Bridge Office giving the following minimum notice periods:
Not exceeding either 80 tonnes gross weight or 4.2 metres overall width – at least 2 working days
Exceeding 80 tonnes gross weight or 4.2 metres overall width – at least 7 working days
For rules relating to Abnormal Loads please see the Notice To Hauliers