Highways England traffic officers acted quickly to stop congestion on the M4 near Swindon after a low loader carrying a Challenger tank ran into problems close to Junction 16.
The low loader had to pull over on the exit slip road due to a flat tyre and a 90 minute closure of the motorway looked necessary. It would have meant a diversion route through the centre of Swindon would have to be implemented causing huge disruption whilst the tyre was replaced.
But quick-thinking Highways England traffic officers arranged for the army personal in attendance to drive the tank and low loader off the motorway separately so the repairs could be carried out away from the road.
A road closure was quickly put in place while the vehicles were removed and the whole incident was dealt with in 10 minutes.
Traffic officer team leader Sandy Osborough said: “We see all sorts in a day’s work but a tank is a bit unusual for us. We’re pleased we were able to deal with this incident quickly and keep disruption to a minimum for our customers.”