Delays as final giant oxygen tank transported through Staffordshire

A final giant oxygen tank will be making its way through Staffordshire today.

One of the earlier oxygen tanks navigates its way through Rugeley town centre
One of the earlier oxygen tanks navigates its way through Rugeley town centre

The tanks – which are empty, around 40 metres long and six-and-a-half metres in diameter – started their separate journeys at the beginning of July.

The last one today will pass through Stafford and Rugeley today and then finish its journey in Great Wyrley, before heading into Warwickshire.

Officers from Staffordshire Police have been monitoring the journey and have warned drivers of disruption as the wide load crawls through the county at just a few miles per hour.

Tree cutters and BT engineers are also working to ensure the load fits under trees and cables throughout the journey.

Updates on the tank's progress are posted on Twitter by Staffordshire Police.

The full route is as follows:

  • At roundabout, turn right onto A34 in Congleton

  • Turn left onto A34 at Talke

  • Continue on A34 through four roundabouts

  • At roundabout, turn left onto A52 in Newcastle under Lyme

  • At roundabout, turn right onto A527

  • At roundabout, turn left onto A34. Day one stops at Strongford

  • Continue on A34 through nine roundabouts end of day two at RedHill

  • At roundabout, turn left onto A513 Beaconside

  • At roundabout, turn right onto A518 Weston Rd

  • At roundabout, turn left onto A34 Queensway in Stafford

  • At roundabout, turn left onto A34 Lichfield Rd

  • At roundabout, continue on A34 Queensville

  • At mini roundabout, turn left onto A513 Weeping Cross

  • At double roundabout, turn right onto A51 in Woseley Bridge

  • At roundabout, turn left onto A51

  • At roundabout, turn right onto B5013 Station Rd in Rugeley

  • At double mini roundabout in Rugeley, continue on B5013

  • At roundabout, continue straight onto A460 Hednesford Rd

  • Continue on A460 through 10 roundabouts to Cannock end of day three Great Wyrley

  • At roundabout, continue straight onto A5 Watling Street

  • Continue on A5 through one roundabout

  • At roundabout, turn right onto A452 Chester Rd at Brownhills

  • Continue through one roundabout

  • At roundabout, turn left A454 Aldridge Rod

  • At roundabout, turn left at Four Oaks Station onto A5127 Lichfield Road all the way back up to the A5

  • At roundabout, turn right onto A5

  • At roundabout, exit onto Roman Rd/Watling Street through Hints, day four stops half way along Watling St

  • At roundabout, in Fazeley, turn right onto A4091

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