Drivers are being made aware of a slow moving and wide ‘abnormal load’ which will be escorted through Wiltshire on 1 March.
The 737 aircraft fuselage is due to pass through the county from RAF Kemble airfield to Junction 18 of the M4, starting at about 10am..
The load will measure 4.42 metres wide, 4.9 metres high with an overall length of 38 metres and gross train weight of 70 tonnes. Due to the size of this transporter it will be slow moving and will have the potential to create congestion.
Wherever possible disruption will be kept to a minimum but hauliers and motorists are asked to please be patient if they come across this load. Anyone travelling over this period to catch a flight or meet appointments should allow sufficient additional time.
Regular updates and travel information in respect of this abnormal load will be passed from the Wiltshire Police control room at Devizes when appropriate to help motorists plan their journey.
The journey will begin at approximately 10am at Kemble airfield, and the load will leave the site via the main gate. It will then be escorted left onto the A429, then right onto the A433/A429. It will then travel through Cirencester onto the southbound carriageway of the A419, before leaving westbound at Junction 15 of the M4 towards Bristol.
Wiltshire Police will escort it until Junction 18 of the M4, at the border with Avon and Somerset.
Police escorting resources are being provided by volunteer police officers on rest days, paid for by the haulier at no cost to the public.
Photo of a previous aircraft movement on the M4 by Richard Wintle of Calyx