Abnormal Loads


J Wood and Sons offer quality services for a variety of loads including abnormal loads and have done for nearly forty years. We provide abnormal loads in the UK, covering the North West as well as many other places throughout the UK and Europe.

Whether your requirement is big or small, we will be able to provide a relevant solution to suit your needs. Our small but eclectic range of vehicles means we can offer our clients suitable transport, which is tailored to their requirements. Our abnormal load pilot vehicles are one of our varied vehicles we have to offer, which provides our clients with a range of options to suit them.

We understand that transporting abnormal loads can be difficult. As part of our services we will plan and prepare the appropriate vehicle and route in order to gets your goods delivered to you without the expense of risk or damage. Our qualified and experienced team of staff and highly-trained drivers will ensure you get the best quality service possible. All abnormal load pilot vehicles are sat-tracked with hands-free mobile systems for our drivers and come equipped with tracking devices. This means you can be assured that your load is going to the right place, at the right time.







Latest News


The Future of Driverless Haulage

  One interesting feature making news headlines at the moment is autonomous (driver-less vehicles). Vehicle manufacturers, determined to ‘drive’ forward the vehicle industry, are becoming increasingly competitive in meeting the challenge of bringing the next generation of vehicle to the market. Autonomous Vehicles now feature as part of Highways England’s Innovation Strategy 2016, which demonstrates the Government’s investment into the future of technology on our highways, which will almost certainly affect road haulage, Cheshire in the near future. Big companies, including Google are investing in driver-less programmes such as The Self Driving Car Project all the way back in 2009. Since, Google has made considerable advances in their research and now have a fleet of prototype testing vehicles out on the streets of America, clocking up over 1.5 million miles already. For the haulage industry, Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd is to develop an Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) that is scheduled to be delivered to the global mining industry by 2017. Such machinery fitted with an autonomous technology will be expected to carry out site based tasks, in line with map data, speed limits, routes and job tasks. According to ‘The Future of Driver-less Haulage’, a report by AXA (Sep 2015), there are many reasons why haulage will benefit from driver-less technology. AXA highlights massive savings the industry would save in Labour, fuel consumption, insurance and vehicle utilisation. You could be forgiven for thinking that labour savings would be made through redundancy but this is unlikely. AXA notes how there are already concerns that drivers are set to retire at a faster pace than they can be replaced. Hitachi... read more

The £150m Motorway Investment Plan

  Highways England has recently set out a plan to spend £150m on improving our road network and the way we use it. The innovation Strategy 2016 puts forward a detailed plan which will help our roads to keep pace with transport technology across the world between now and 2021. This is of course, going to change the nature of the road haulage, North West England, making it safer and more efficient. Delivering Innovation Highways England are looking to revolutionise the way that we use technology on our roads to support key priorities in the Road Investment Strategy 2015/16. Some of the first projects to be funded include the delivery of a connected corridor in the South East to allow for freight platooning.  This is expected to help increase the capacity of roads and allow smoother transportation of large and unusual loads. Tunnel testing detection systems, traffic management systems (M25) and ‘smart motorways’ are also expected to be introduced. Radar technology will be will be used to identify stationary traffic in live lanes as well as live fuel price signs on the M5. Increasing Safety Increasing the safety of the road network is paramount for the Strategy which will look to support deployment of vehicle safety technology before 2040. The strategy states that testing for autonomous (driver-less) vehicles will take place as early as 2017. New intelligence led programmes will be developed to create safer driver behaviour. Delivering better Environmental Outcomes Highways England aims to develop a network that fits in with our natural environment. Funding will be put into alternative fuel systems for cars and freight with the... read more

Vehicle revolution that will make road way sign maintenance easier and speed up haulage deliveries

Good news for haulage providers! A type of vehicle to help replace overhead signs on the roads is set to be used to lower the duration of roadworks, offering a saving of up to £4 million of the tax payers money per year – and meaning less time in traffic. The vehicle is modelled on the design of an aircraft catering vehicle that allows the loading of refreshments onto the vehicle, which is then lifted with use of a hydraulic scissor lift to the level by which it is required to make the maintenance change. While offering a huge saving, it will also mean that road workers won’t have to close as many lanes. Using the new Maintenance Assistance Vehicle will ensure that less space is needed on the road way, which essentially means less disruption to drivers, minimising their drive times. Normally, road signs are taken down and put up with the use of a flat-bed truck, crane and cherry picker, of which each takes up to 40 minutes of man labour. The ‘Maintenance Assistance Vehicle’ that has already been trailed and deemed a viable option, only takes half of the time and uses just a small jib crane – which is already a part of the vehicle.   The MAV is not only considered a more economic and time effective method, but moreover is categorically safer for the workers. The MAV provides a sturdy platform whereby the worker can work within. With the breakthrough in this device, many are debating other uses for such a vehicle to further save money and time, while improving safety for those at... read more