UPDATED ADVANCED NOTICE – Wide vehicle (over 2.9m) movement restrictions from 2nd August 2020. As you may be aware, essential engineering works are continuing to renew parts of the bridge deck waterproofing on the Tamar Bridge. These works are planned to start on the main deck of the Bridge from 2nd August 2020 and will require closing at least one of the traffic lanes until Autumn 2020. 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.
The suggested routes are:
- Eastbound from A38 Carkeel use A388 via Callington to Launceston then A30 Exeter
- Westbound (Plymouth side) to get to A38 Carkeel use A30 from Exeter then at Launceston follow A388 via Callington
- Westbound A38 approaching Carkeel avoiding A38 Glyn Valley use A388 via Callington join A30 westbound at Launceston
PLEASE NOTE: It is the hauliers responsibility to ensure that their vehicle is compatible with any route selected to safely arrive at the destination
Abnormal Loads on weight or height exceeding 4.8m are allowed across the Tamar Bridge and must use the main deck , not the South or North Cantilevers .There are restrictions and charges that apply to these crossings.
Loads exceeding 44 tonnes in gross weight or 4.8 metres in overall height 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.
There are also time scales as to how much notification is required prior to the day of crossing. To gain permission for abnormal loads (weight / height) 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 – at least 2 working days
Exceeding 80 tonnes gross weight – at least 7 working days.
This information together with suggested virtual diversionary routes can be found below.