The day a Boeing 727 travelled down the M5 to Bristol

The South West was treated to a unique sight on the roads today (Saturday, February 27) as the bulk of a retired Boeing 727 was transported across the region.

The plane made its way from Gloucestershire into Bristol down the M5 over the course of Saturday after having been bought by a local businessman who wanted to ‘upcycle’ it.

Pytch owner Johnny Palmer bought the plane for less than £100,000 and will now use it as eco-friendly office and event space for his business.

Mr Palmer has now transported the unique craft to the company’s studios in the Bonville Road business estate in Brislington, where it will be upcycled into extra office space.

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The Pytch team ready to go ahead of the journey on Saturday morning
(Image: Pytch)

Ahead of the journey, Pytch said in a statement that it was hoped the plane would be “an iconic piece of artwork for the already-famous region due to an arts collaboration with local street artists”.

Travelling without its wings or tail, the special cargo made its way across the region on the major motorways as it made its way towards Bristol.

It was given a police escort throughout its journey down the major roads in and around Bristol and Gloucestershire.

The plane’s journey

The craft set off from Cotswolds Airport in Kemble, in Gloucestershire, at around this morning and travelled across to Junction 15 of the M5 at Almondsbury, just north of Bristol.

At around 10am, it passed the roundabout at Birdlip on the A417, where it overcame some bottled traffic to start its journey down the M5.

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The Boeing 727 travelling from Cotswold Airport to Bristol on the M5
(Image: PAUL NICHOLLS TRINITY MIRROR)

A YouTube live stream that was following the progress of the plane towards Bristol followed it over the course of the next two hours, which saw it travel south on the M5 before exiting onto the Avon Ring Road and getting stuck in traffic at the Wick Wick roundabout at around 1pm.

The journey stretched over a number of hours due to the vehicle carrying the plane only being able to convey it at 20mph, even on the county’s motorways.

Drivers were warned of traffic disruptions in advance, with the motorways expected to be affected throughout its journey.

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The convoy making its way down the M5
(Image: PAUL NICHOLLS TRINITY MIRROR)

As it made its way into Bristol, excitement built on the streets as numerous onlookers emerged onto the streets around the Bonville Road business estate to see the unusual cargo on its approach.

Any obstacles on the roads caused logistical problems for the convoy, with warnings having already come out that any cars parked on Emery Road would be moved “without permission”, although carefully, to avoid disruptions or any collisions.

Mr Palmer apologised in advance to anyone whose cars needed to be moved using a go-jack and said no damage would be done to any of them.

Despite having to navigate a number of tight corners and smaller roads on its approach to Pytch headquarters, as well as a van parked on the left-hand side of Emery Road, it was delivered safely to its destination at around 3.45pm – a journey of over six hours.

A bottle of ‘no-secco’ (alcohol-free prosecco) was sprayed on the plane after its safe arrival in Brislington, with the air-stairs at the back of the plane descending without a hitch, allowing Mr Palmer and his family to go inside his new office.

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