Roads closed as huge 87 metre long lorry load is carried from Sellindge to Dover

Contributed by editor on Feb 02, 2017 - 09:15 AM


The National Grid is alerting to people in Dover and Shepway of the movement of a very large, house-sized, piece of electricity equipment being transported from Sellindge to Dover.


... specialist vehicle which is over 87 metres long and 5.8 metres wide


A spokesman for National Grid said: "To keep disruption to a minimum, we’re moving it overnight on Friday 3 February 2017.




"The load will leave the substation at around 9pm and travel along Church Lane, turning left onto the A20 to join the M20 at junction 10. It will leave the M20 at junction 13 and then travel along the A259 (Churchill Avenue), A260 (Canterbury Road) and A20 to enter the Port of Dover at the Union Street roundabout.


"The transformer is expected to arrive at the Port of Dover at approximately 5am on Saturday 4 February."


"To enable the load to access the Port of Dover we will need to close the A20 from the junction with the B2011 to the York Street roundabout. This closure will be in place from midnight on Friday 3 February until 6am on Saturday 4 February.


"There will be a signed diversion route via the B2011(Folkestone Road) and York Street.


"If you live off Old Folkestone Road you will be diverted along South Military Road."

Specialist vehicle

"We’ve carefully planned the route with our specialist haulage contractors, ALE, and local highway authorities to ensure we have as little effect on people as possible. The vehicle will also have a police escort.

"The transformer needs essential maintenance so it can continue to play its vital role in helping to ensure the UK continues to enjoy safe and reliable electricity supplies.

"If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our community relations team on 0800 731 1231 or by email to


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