Drivers in the Eastleigh area have been warned to expect delays in the forthcoming week as abnormal loads crawl through the borough en route from Reading to Poland.
Huge brewing silos are being shipped from the former Courage brewery in Reading to a new brewery in Poland which will brew beer for export to Britain.
Courage was one of Britain’s oldest brewers, founded in 1787 but was bought by Dutch company Heineken in 2008 in a £7.8 million deal.
The company decided it would be cheaper to brew British beer in Poland and closed the Reading brewery nine months ago with the loss of 350 jobs and it is now in the process of relocating the brewing silos.
Following a successful test trip on Friday, two low loader convoys will be leaving Reading each day on January 18, January 21, January 25, January 28 and February 1 departing at 9.30 a..m
The convoys will be travelling slowly through the borough on the B3043 Hursley Road/Bournemouth Road headed for Dock gate 20 in Southampton.
Last year the Twinning’s tea factory in Andover – which employs people from a wide area including Eastleigh – announced it would be shifting production of tea for British consumption to Poland with the loss of 286 jobs.
Last week Kraft, who recently took over Cadburys, said they were closing their Keynsham factory this month and would be relocating the 400 jobs lost also to Poland while last Wednesday 5000 unemployed people laid siege to Southampton Airport to fight over 100 temporary jobs carrying luggage.
To offset job losses in industry, Eastleigh’s MP Chris Huhne, the Energy Secretary, has vowed to create thousands of jobs in the ‘new green technologies of the future’ by retraining people to lag lofts.
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