Network Rail put Little Saxham bridge on 'at risk' top-ten list
A Little Saxham rail bridge has been included in a top-ten most bashed and at-risk railway bridges across Anglia and East London.
Network Rail, who put the list together, will be fitting a new CCTV system to the bridge as part of a £190,000 investment programme to reduce delays and cancellations to rail services.
Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, said: “Bridge strikes are a significant safety risk and cause widespread disruption and delays for passengers.
"While this new system will reduce delays, I can’t stress enough how important it is for drivers to know the height of their vehicle and plan ahead to prevent these serious incidents happening in the first place.
“Drivers who chance it at bridges are at risk of losing their licenses and leaving their employers with a hefty bill for repairs and train delay costs, along with a strong threat to their own operators licence.”
An incident in January this year saw train services between Ipswich to Cambridge and Ipswich to Peterborough suspended after a lorry hit the bridge which is just off Newmarket Road.
Bridge strikes are a costly problem for the railway and can cause delays to train services and on the road network while damage is repaired.
Most of the vehicles that hit railway bridges are Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) and buses, at a cost of around £13,000 per strike – costing the UK taxpayer around £23m in a year.
The new CCTV system will be fitted to the following bridges by the end of August:
- Greensward Lane/Spa Road, Hockley
- Hawk Road, Wickford
- Hawkes Mill Street, Needham Market
- Coddenham Road B1078, Needham Market
- Stuntney Road A142, Ely
- Saxham Station Bridge, Little Saxham
- Norwich, Trowse
- Trowse Swingbridge, River Wensum
- Randolph Street, Camden
- South Street, Romford
- Leaside Road, Clapton
For more information about bridge strikes, go to www.networkrail.co.uk/wiseupsizeup
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