Managing abnormal load movements for bridge and structure owners and police
How bridge and structure owners and police can manage abnormal load notifications and better understand the movement of abnormal loads in their area.
You must pre-notify police, highways authorities and other owners of bridges and structures that cross or are crossed by the road network if you are undertaking any vehicle or load movements that exceed standard dimensions. The preferred method for managing these notifications is via Highways England’s electronic service delivery for abnormal loads (ESDAL) system.
ESDAL is a free to use online system introduced to simplify the process of notifying abnormal load movements. All you need to access ESDAL is a PC with an internet connection and web-browser.
With ESDAL you can:
- make decisions on notifications quickly and easily
- be aware of abnormal load movements in your area
- display maps of proposed routes
- identify potential ‘problem structures’ on a route
- add constraint information advising hauliers of restrictions that may impact on an abnormal load movement
- enable you to build a library of ‘preferred routes’
- replace many of the old paper notification forms
- sort and manage incoming notifications in a way that suits you
- collaborate online with hauliers to provide feedback to them on the notification
Registering to use ESDAL for structure owners
To register, you need to complete a registration form for each member of your company that is going to be using ESDAL.
You can register online.
You must register with ESDAL before you can start using the service. You should allow 2 to 3 working days for your application to be processed.
Registering to use ESDAL for police
Abnormal loads police officers are ‘pre-registered’ for ESDAL. To activate your account, please telephone, fax or email the ESDAL helpdesk.
Once you have a username and password you can login to ESDAL
To talk to our helpdesk, please telephone 01642 664197. Lines are open from 8am-6pm, Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays.
Email us at enquiries@ESDAL2.com.
Or write to us at:
ESDAL2 help desk
Please note, that the details above are for ESDAL-related enquiries only.
For specific queries about abnormal loads, contact Highways England’s Abnormal Loads team.
Tel: 0121 678 8068 Fax 0121 678 8569 Email abnormal.loads@highwaysengland co.uk
Highways England Abnormal Loads Team
9th Floor,The Cube
199 Wharfside Street
Note for structure owners
To ensure that notifications go to the right people, the ESDAL team collected details of individual structures that cross or are crossed by the road network. If you are from a local highway authority, we will have already collected data from you. If any of these details change then please get in touch with the ESDAL helpdesk.
Your contact details
It is crucial that you also let us know of any changes to your contact information to ensure the right notifications go to the right people.