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The Heavies 2020: Job of the Year CAT2

Job of the Year CAT2





Allelys have been contracted by AVL (UK) Ltd to transport 18 x Specialist Testing Modules from the Jaguar Land Rover, Engine Plant in Wolverhampton, where they have been in store, to the new Jaguar Land Rover Electric Car Plant at Whitley, Coventry.

Each Module is 13.2m long, 5.6m wide and weights up to 52te. The units have been stored in a confined space in the factory, and now have to be carefully manoeuvred through the factory, before being loaded to our transport. The loading out is being carried out by Allelys own Specialist Factory Installations/Removals Department.

Allelys are having to use fully steering, 5 axle trailers to negotiate the route to enable the delivery to the new Jaguar Land Rover factory at Whitley, Coventry. Each module is individual and has to be extracted from storage and delivered to site in the correct order, so to prevent delays to the overall project.

Loading of the modules at Wolverhampton and offloading of the modules at the Whitley factory, is being coordinated by Allelys Projects Team.

The second part of the project is to deliver another 18 modules direct to site from the manufacturer’s facility in Graz, Austria.

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Crane Vehicle for Flood Damaged Dales

Utilising our crane vehicle fleet to provide a flexible transport and offloading solution, Collett deliver four giant steel tubes to the Yorkshire Dales.

After a month’s worth of rain fell in just two hours, Cogden Beck bridge was completely destroyed by boulders and debris washed down in the early August floods.

Collett have delivered the components for developers to construct a temporary structure. Loaded to a Mercedes-Benz Actros 8×4 complete with 80 Tonne/Metre crane, Collett transported the cargoes the 90 miles from Cleveland Steel & Tubes Depot to the remote delivery site in Grinton in the Yorkshire Dales.
With the remoteness of the site and the restricted space, crane hire would not be an option, therefore Collett utilised their crane vehicle fleet to provide the ideal cost effective solution.

Featuring 5 boom extensions and a maximum lifting capacity of 23 Tonnes at 2.75 metres, utilising this crane vehicle allowed the Collett Team to deliver each of the four 14 Tonne tube sections directly to the river bed.

Approaching from the Grinton side of the bridge site, Collett navigated the narrow country roads to approach the remote site location in Swaledale. Originally planned for use in a wind farm, which didn’t go ahead, each of the re-utilised wind turbine components helped to from a temporary crossing to reconnect the Upper Dale to Richmond.

The tubes, used to divert the waterway, allowed for the construction of a temporary bridge to restore access for residents and tourist, with the construction of a traditional Dales masonry bridge scheduled for later in the year. The temporary structure will also allowed the route to be utilised for the UCI World Championships in September, when the best cyclists of the world traveled to Yorkshire to compete, the first time that Britain has hosted Championships since 1982.


In April 2019, Intake Transport successfully conveyed Brayford footbridge from its site of manufacture in Wishaw, Lanarkshire to its site of installation at Brayford Wharf, Lincoln.

The entire operation required transporting the footbridge across the country in order for the structure to be delivered and assembled within its city centre location. This was a challenging job as the size, architecture and composition of the footbridge meant that thorough planning, expertise, and teamwork was required. The complexities of this job, coupled by its resounding success are why the Brayford Footbridge should be The Heavies Job of the Year CAT2.

Brayford footbridge was designed to allow pedestrians to cross the railway tracks at Brayford Wharf safely. The stepped footbridge, which has been likened to a dragon, spans more than 75 metres in length, is up to 6.1 metres at its widest point and weighs more than 90 tonnes. Miller Fabrications consulted Intake Transport early in proceedings in order to use their expertise to decide how best to tackle the logistics of the structure relocation. During this time, the team decided they would be able to transport the bridge as three complete pieces: the main footpath, with each staircase independently. The first piece, the main footpath, has metal spikes in an arc on either side reaching 5.5 metres tall in the middle. By itself, it presents a transportation problem as it is 27 metres long and weighs more than 40 tonnes. The stepped staircases on either side were 24 metres long, 5.4 metres wide and each weighed 25 tonnes. While large, strong, structures it was important to ensure that the pieces would not be damaged in any way during transit. During the planning phase of this job, Intake transport considered each portion of the bridge and addressed the challenges they posed, independently.

The main footpath posed a challenge because of its width, length, and height. The footpath portion of the footbridge also curves from left to right, with a camber in the middle and is 6.1 metres at its widest point. This meant, when on the trailer, it would not be fully supported across its 27 metres length – only at either end. As the front portion of the trailer was not long enough to support the front section of the bridge, a special modification was designed and made. A solid steel plate was fitted over the fixed section of the well of the trailer and the sliding bolster, meaning that the bridge was fully supported/ provided a landing area. The footbridge portion was also too tall to transport easily due to height restrictions of motorway bridges en route. Intake Transport’s early involvement meant that they were able to identify that removing four central spikes on either side of the footpath would reduce the overall height from 5.5 metres to a more manageable 4.9 metres. These spikes were placed on a pallet and transported on the neck of the trailer ready to be installed just for the final leg of the job where height restrictions would pose less of a problem.

Despite the staircases being smaller, their placement on the trailers was even more challenging than the bridge section. Each staircase is angled and offset, with uneven weight distribution, and made from a steel structure with full glass panelled sides. As experienced hauliers Intake Transport recognised that it was of utmost importance that these were loaded onto the trailer with precision and care so that they could not twist or flex. Any movement like this could have caused irreparable damage to the staircases. To prevent this, Intake Transport designed frameworks to support the curve and twist sections. These were a solid steel column with steel stubs to accommodate the offset of the rear, and a further steel column at the front. Each piece was then bolted to the staircase to secure the load.

As well as securing the transport of the footbridge, Intake Transport completed several other steps for the job to run smoothly. This included liaising with multiple other agencies during the planning of the job, as well as conducting thorough route surveys in advance and on the day of the job.
The size and dimensions of the footbridge, even when disassembled, meant that its journey through Wishaw, Allanton, Shotts and Lincoln’s streets was a difficult and potentially hazardous one. Additionally, its passage was a draw for public attention. As experienced hauliers, Intake Transport knew how to work alongside the local police and council to ensure a safe delivery.

However, due to the unique installation site of the footbridge – across a railway line in Lincoln city centre, there were additional concerns that needed to be addressed. For safety reasons, and to minimise disruption to the people and train service of Lincoln, the bridge could not possibly be installed while the trains were running. Therefore, a short window of time was created where the railway line would be closed to allow the safe delivery of the footbridge pieces. This was from midnight to 6am on a Sunday morning. This was agreed with Network Rail in advance of the installation date itself. In addition Police and the council were informed of the impending delivery of the large and complex footbridge structure.

In order to meet the demands of a tight window of installation, Intake transport planned the movements of each of the three bridge pieces well in advance. This included identifying a suitable holding point for the transport team and vehicles prior to the final steps of the journey. Planning the holding point at Newark Showground in advance meant that the central spikes of the footpath section of the footbridge could be fitted, the team could rest, and undergo final preparations before the last step of the journey.

Intake Transport conducted careful route surveys between Newark Showground and Brayford Wharf in order to identify trees and street furniture that could cause potential problems for the team as they negotiated the final stretch of the journey – particularly as the convoy at this point had an increased height of 5.5 metres. This attention to detail meant that the team had been able to identify that only the removal of bollards at the entrance to Brayford Wharf itself would be required, and they remained confident in the success of their journey. Not only were the team well prepared, but all were focused on the Brayford footbridge arriving on time and without damage.

Either missing the installation window, or any small damage to the bridge could have caused significant delays and additional costs to the project – as well as damage to the reputation of their company.

The success of the Brayford Wharf footbridge job lay in the planning, expertise and teamwork of intake Transport. The planning of the Brayford footbridge job took several months and a close working relationship between Intake transport and the bridge manufacturers from an early stage. For this project’s success, it was necessary to address both the concerns of the logistics of the transport of the footbridge itself, and how it was to be installed in a busy city centre location across a railway line. Their skill and attention to detail saw that the bridge safely manoeuvred through various towns and the busy city centre streets of Lincoln.




Entry overview
Kings Heavy Haulage were tasked to move an American Diner from Kent to Wiltshire.

Describe the main objectives
As the diner was 12.20mtrs x 4.60mtrs and 4.5mtrs high weighing 30 tons a suitable route had to be found as well as liaising with the police and authorities along the route.

What were the outcomes?
Police escorts were required from Chippenham to the site in Wiltshire along the A4 Bath road. at the time of the move new traffic islands were to be installed along a stretch of the A4. with the help of the contractors who delayed the installation of the post we were able to negotiate the route safely.

In short (40 words), please summaries your entry
The Diner was for a private collector who wanted to be informed of the progress at all times. This was done using our tracked vehicles, 1 x steering semi low loader and two private escorts along with 4 police escorts.

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