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