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HA launch new haulage routing system

The second stage of Highways Agency's Electronic Service Delivery for Abnormal Loads (ESDAL) system went live today.

The online service, at, is free of charge, designed to significantly improve the planning, management and notification of Abnormal Indivisible Load (AIL) movements around the road network.

The second phase of the system, which entered pilot trials in September 2007, will help process special orders more efficiently for hauliers by providing the Highways Agency AIL Team with improved data and routing software.

Legislation requires that vehicles and load movements that exceed standard dimensions need to be pre-notified to police, highway and bridge authorities, a process that currently involves millions of faxes being sent every year.

As well as the necessary updates to the Hauliers, Phase Two includes the creation of a brand new and unique Special Order Routing Tool (SORT) desktop facility.

The website has been developed for the Highways Agency by Serco Integrated Transport and is designed for all parties involved in moving of abnormal loads.

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