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Bridge Bashing: Wise Up, Size Up

A railway bridge on the A142 Stuntney Road in Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4DY was the most hit railway bridge in 2018/19 with a staggering 32 reported strikes. This was nine more than the second most struck bridge on the B109 Stonea Road, Stonea PE15 0DX, also in Cambridgeshire.

Written by Paul Brown on 28th February 2020

Bridge Bashing: Wise Up, Size Up

A railway bridge on the A142 Stuntney Road in Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4DY was the most hit railway bridge in 2018/19 with a staggering 32 reported strikes. This was nine more than the second most struck bridge on the B109 Stonea Road, Stonea PE15 0DX,also in Cambridgeshire.

Whilst Cambridgeshire features heavily in the list of most railway bridge strikes this is a UK wide issue with 2,000 instances being reported last year an average of over five per day.

In addition to causing lengthy road and rail travel delays this is a costly problem and Network Rail estimates that, as most bridge strikes are by heavy goods vehicles and buses, the cost is around £13,000 per strike costing the UK taxpayer around £23m in a year.

According to research by Network Rail 52% of lorry drivers do not take low bridges into account when planning routes, and 43% admitted they did not measure their vehicle before heading out on the road.

As a result Network Rail is revisiting its "Wise Up, Size Up” campaign, originally launched in 2018, which urges drivers and fleet managers to check the height of their vehicle and load, take bridge clearances into account when planning routes and be aware of road signs.

A number of good practice guides have been produced aimed at drivers, managers and other transport staff, these can be downloaded from the Gov.UK website.

Guides for drivers in several European languages can also be found on Network Rail’s website.

 

 


Source:

https://www.networkrail.co.uk/communities/safety-in-the-community/railway-safety-campaigns/wise-up-size-up


 

 

 

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