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South West traffic warning - Airbus plane on M4 will cause delays

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: March 01, 2014

An Airbus A321, similar to the one due to have its fuselage taken along the M4 this weekend

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POLICE are warning of possible traffic congestion on the M4 this weekend as the massive fuselage of an Airbus A321 plane trundles across the region.

The plane is being taken from south Wales to the ‘plane graveyard’ at Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire, and will take up two lanes of the M4 tomorrow and on Sunday.

Measuring 20ft wide, 16ft high and 151ft long, it weighs 58 tonnes and will be ‘slow moving’ as it travels east along the M4 from Wales past Bristol tomorrow.

On Sunday it will head towards Wiltshire before heading north along the A417 to the east of Swindon to Cirencester, and then down the A419 to Kemble.

Police said the timings would vary depending on progress, but it is due to be at the Tormarton junction of the M4, the turn-off for the A46, at around 1.30pm on Sunday.

“Due to the size of this transporter it will be slow moving and will have the potential to create congestion,” said a police spokeswoman.

“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."

The abnormal load was due to travel on the second weekend of February but the journey was postponed because of storms.

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