Loads approval shift
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• 'I'he Highways Agency has stopped issuing tenders for the privatisation of abnormal loads route approval until after the general election.
In some areas hauliers already have to apply to a delegated private firm if they want to move a special load, but other parts of the country must wait until after 1 May, when a coordinating body will also be named, says the Highways Agency.
On 1 April, the day-to-day management of the trunk roads and motorways in Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex and parts of Dorset and Wiltshire was handed over to Mott MacDonald. It will operate in association with Hampshire CC.
Requests and notifications of abnormal road movements, in the area should be made Geoff Petts, Road Space Manager, Mott MacDonald Maintenance Unit, Easton Lane Maintenance Compound, M3 Junction 9, Winne11, Winchester, Hants S023 7TY; phone, 01962 869777; fax, 01962 879635.