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In Pictures: Widest load on British roads?

Part of the M53 in Cheshire was closed on Saturday night to make way for one of the largest objects to be moved on a UK road.

t 26.5 meters long and five times higher than a double-decker bus, the machine could only travel five kilometers on the motorway at walking pace.

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The journey took several hours as the trucks moved at walking pace (Danny Lawson/PA)

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The part arrived at the Port of Liverpool by ship from Thailand in June (Danny Lawson/PA)

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The section of the £45 million kiln is nearly five times taller than a double-decker bus (Danny Lawson/PA)

The structure is part of a £45million furnace being installed at Essar’s Stanlow oil refinery, which will be the first to be able to run entirely on hydrogen.

Constructed 6,000 miles away in Thailand, it was transported by ship to the Port of Liverpool before embarking on the short voyage across the River Mersey, through the locks into the Manchester Ship Canal and on to a layover near the National Waterways Museum Barge being transhipped at Ellesmere Harbour.

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Furnace section being installed at Essar’s Stanlow Oil Refinery (Danny Lawson/PA)

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The machinery dwarfed the lampposts on the freeway (Danny Lawson/PA)

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Cargo towers over a line of trees as it is moved towards the M53 (Danny Lawson/PA)

Gordon Beattie, exceptional loads manager for National Highways for the Northwest said: “There are exceptional loads and there are exceptional loads – and this one is going to completely fill the highway.

“The module will be mounted on two wheeled platforms – one on each lane – and will look a bit like the bridge of a container ship sliding down the highway.”

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The operation required precise measurement and monitoring at every stage (Danny Lawson/PA)

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The journey took several hours as the trucks moved at walking pace (Danny Lawson/PA)

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Furnace can run entirely on hydrogen (Danny Lawson/PA)

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/in-pictures-widest-load-on-british-roads-41910657.html In Pictures: Widest load on British roads?

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