Video: Scaffolders save the day as wide load gets stuck in Cromer

The wide load creeps along Church Street past The Albion scaffolding which was partially dismantled to help it pass. Picture: DARREN BROWNE The wide load creeps along Church Street past The Albion scaffolding which was partially dismantled to help it pass. Picture: DARREN BROWNE

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
3:55 PM

A major traffic nightmare was averted in Cromer today by the timely arrival of a scaffolding crew.

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The wide load comes within a squeak of the top of the shop window frame of Artyfax gift shop on Church Street, opposite The Albion pub. It had to back up and try again. Picture: ALEX HURRELLThe wide load comes within a squeak of the top of the shop window frame of Artyfax gift shop on Church Street, opposite The Albion pub. It had to back up and try again. Picture: ALEX HURRELL

Morning rush-hour traffic had come grinding to a halt when a wide load got stuck in the town’s central, one-way, Church Street at about 8.30am.

The 14ft-wide wooden holiday lodge, on the back of a lorry, could not squeeze past scaffolding erected outside The Albion pub.

The lorry was within minutes of arriving at its destination, Forest Park holiday park, Northrepps, after a journey of more than 150 miles from Hull.

The driver managed to reverse into a bus layby allowing traffic to pass.

By a stroke of luck, the load had been followed from Fakenham by scaffolder Matt Snell who was on his way to Cromer to dismantle part of the Albion scaffolding as a pre-arranged job.

“I saw it and thought: ‘I hope he’s not going to Cromer because he won’t get through,” said Mr Snell, of King’s Lynn-based Kelly’s Scaffolding.

“If we hadn’t been going there anyway, I don’t know what he would have done.”

After about two hours, 20ft of scaffolding had been removed, and the load made a second, successful, attempt at passing through the pinch point.

The manoeuvre took about 15 minutes as the lorry crept through with millimetres to spare, creating another long line of traffic in its wake.

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