The planned closures of the A140 in mid Suffolk for abnormal load movements have been pushed back.

The A140 was due to be closed for a 15-mile stretch on three Sundays in October.

But this has been put back because of a delay in the shipping of one of the components arriving from Germany, via Rotterdam. 

Suffolk Highways said road closures on the A140 will now take place on the Sundays of October 22, November 5 and November 26.

A provisional closure date of December 3 has also been pencilled in by Suffolk Highways if the journey is not completed during daylight hours.

On November 19, the load will be transported from Ipswich to Claydon and be held there for a week – but the A140 will remain open.

No A140 closures have been planned for Remembrance Sunday, November 12.

The abnormal loads which consist of a 327.5-tonne generator and two turbines weighing 332 tonnes and 221.8 tonnes will leave Ipswich Waterfront about 6.30am each day and head towards Eye Airfield.

It will be the largest combined effort for Suffolk Highways to date.

Suffolk County Council's cabinet member responsible for Ipswich, operational highways and flooding, Paul West said: “Similarly to previous abnormal load moves, we will be providing live location updates throughout the move via Suffolk Highways Twitter account @Suff_highways, for those wanting to plan their journeys to avoid disruption, or to catch a glimpse of the huge structure in transit." 

East Anglian Daily Times: Councillor Paul WestCouncillor Paul West (Image: Simon Lee Photography)

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The updated planned route for the escort is as follows: 

October 22 - Load one will depart Ipswich Docks at 6.30am towards Eye Airfield on the A140.

October 29 - Load two departs Ipswich Docks at 8.30am and will hold at Old Ipswich Road, Claydon.

November 5 - Load two leaves Old Ipswich Road, Claydon at 8.30am to Eye Airfield on the A140. 

November 19 - Load three departs Ipswich Docks at 8.30am to Old Ipswich Road, Claydon.

November 26 - Load three leaves Old Ipswich Road, Claydon at 8.30am to Eye Airfield on the A140.

If the second half of the journey to Eye Airfield is deemed to unsafe to complete on the day, then it will take place on Sunday, December 3.