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25m-long Denby 'superlorry' from Lincoln in trial voyage to Europe

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

Denby lorry

The 25.25m-long lorry, owned by Denby Transport

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A “superlorry” belonging to a Lincoln businessman has embarked on a trial voyage to the continent.

The 25.25m-long monster truck, owned by Denby Transport, has travelled from Barton-upon-Humber to The Netherlands.

But because it is currently too big for Britain’s roads, its two containers were pulled by two individual cabs from Kimberly-Clark to the port at Killingholme.

The three-piece lorry was then reassembled just before boarding the overnight ship.

The Sadler Road-based company’s chairman Dick Denby said: “We are trying to prove that it’s feasible to bring this vehicle out of Barton-upon-Humber and then drive it to The Netherlands.

“The goal is eventually to have this size of vehicles on UK roads. With manufacturing leaving the UK and productivity in Germany being head and shoulders above the rest this is a small contribution to try to help us catch up.”

The truck’s first voyage in 2009 ended yards from the firm’s base after police intervened, as the vehicle was too big.

The Government has been looking at whether to extend by two metres the overall length of a two-piece articulated lorry to 18.55m.

The existing 44-tonne weight limit would not change.

Mr Denby believes it is only a matter of time before larger trucks like his become the norm and that the future is higher cubic capacity.

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  • peak3  |  November 15 2012, 3:16PM

    no way do we have the roads capable to cater for this type of lorry, we dont have the roads capable to cater for lorries as they are at the moment, fixed or articulated. as it is with speed restricted lorries holding up traffic all over the place you can imagine the sticker on the back of this truck saying (this vehicle is restricted to 20mph on a single carriageway & 40mph on a dual carriageway) things are bad enough on are roads & if people think the bigger capasity this truck can hold the less lorries will be on the road, WRONG. the only way to to get tens of thousands of lorries off the road each year is to put it back on the railway like it used to be via freight hubs & i might add it worked very well before.

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  • Bolshie  |  November 12 2012, 10:52PM

    @Jtn1963, I don't think I'm missing the point at all - I see the potential saving and the resultant reduction in traffic that using bigger trucks might achieve: my point is that this truck is too big to be safe on our roads so I believe it an impractical solution to the problem given that adapting the roads to suit it is unaffordable. A single locomotive pulling many trailers of this size will beat the emissions arguments for trucks hands down every time - so if we're to invest in infrastructure to facilitate transport efficiency it should (in my opinion) be on the rail not road network. @ 232425 You only uttered 2 words that made any sense - 'that's all'. And you a professional driver!

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  • Jtn1963  |  November 12 2012, 10:13PM

    I think Bolshie you may be missing the point. Thes types of lorry would cut the amount of trucks on our roads, cut co2 emissions and save fuel. Please remember how your items that you buy at the shops in this country get there.

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  • gsx1100  |  November 11 2012, 10:58AM

    HGV drivers wouldn't have to overtake "idiots in cars" doing 50mph on a dual carriageway, 232425, if they stuck to the national speed limit for HGVs on that class of road. Which, as you should know, is 50mph.

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  • 232425  |  November 10 2012, 11:39PM

    to bolshie hgv drivers wouldnt have to use the outside lane of duel carriage ways so much to overtake if idiots in cars didnt use them to hold us up doing 50mph on a 70mph road, thats all .

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  • OldLincolnia  |  November 10 2012, 6:56PM

    A long truck is a technical marvel...sad is a better description, its just a publicity stunt that still leaves Denby a million miles behind Eddie Stobart.

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  • InsideStory  |  November 10 2012, 6:39PM

    What concerns me most is how many redundancies would this create ?

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  • simonlincs  |  November 10 2012, 12:48PM

    Whats the point other than to make the haulage firms more money,the trucks we have now are too big for our smaller A-roads and city streets as it is.

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  • Bolshie  |  November 10 2012, 8:20AM

    I agree with you Gnome_Chomsky, technical marvel it might be but I still think it better suited to wide, long, empty motorways such as those in the USA or Canada. Not sure I like the idea of the driver having to use TV monitors as well as mirrors to keep an eye on his perimeters whilst operating all those controls! Centralised organisation of freight haulage to minimise transport of fresh air would be a great idea

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  November 10 2012, 12:06AM

    The Denby truck is actually a technical marvel, with steered wheels on the first trailer. It also has video cameras to supplement the driver's view from his mirrors. The argument is that bulky but lightweight loads could be transported this way cheaper - yes, that means less drivers in some cases - whereas two or three cabs pulling toilet rolls or flowers are not fuel efficient of environmentally friendly. I travel by road quite a lot, and I see an endless succession of artics with back doors open, to show nothing worth nicking, parked in laybys. If anything, there needs to be a centralised contract system to ensure fewer empty trucks driving around the country looking for their next load.

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