ADVANCED NOTICE – Wide vehicle (over 2.9m) movement restrictions from 16th October 2019. 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 16th October and will require closing at least one of the traffic lanes until Spring 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.
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 5.0 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.
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