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24th November 2016The scourge of ' bridge strikes ' continues
The scourge of ' bridge strikes ' continues.
Yesterday a truck with a high load on the back impacted the bridge at Bridge Street Chelmer. This meant trains were stopped, until the bridge was deemed safe for rail traffic.
Later in the afternoon, in well publicised incident a truck impacted into one of the protection beams on Annerley Road Dutton Park which protect the rail over road bridge nearby.
The protection beams for that bridge were installed as the result of a fatal bridge strike in August 2013.
[ See https://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=10943.0
Protection beams save the bridge of course (and consequent rail service disruption) however is still a very serious offence when struck, there are very serious potential risks to bystanders and vehicle operator and vehicle passengers if any, and of course causes generalised road chaos. The beams are designed to help minimise topple risks and in this case vehicle has remained upright.Photograph RAIL BoT Member brissypete 23rd November 2016
In April 2016 RAIL Back On Track set up a Bridge Watch Web site in an effort to highlight this issue. See > https://railbotforum.org/bsw/index.html
The number of bridge strikes that has occurred since April is concerning.
See > https://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=12196.msg172970#msg172970
There have been 33 bridge strikes since the 3rd April 2016 that we are aware of. These disrupt the rail service and cause road chaos.
There are enough issues with our transport networks to have to also contend with this constant scourge of bridge strikes.
Please consider highlighting this issue and the need for all road vehicle operators to be constantly aware of the heights of their vehicles and loads, and to practise safe route planning but also remember to remain vigilant for all height warning signs.
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