Fenland is host to the second most bashed bridge in Britain which has now been hit for the 15th time this year.
Network Rail is urging drivers in Cambridgeshire to “wise up and size up” their vehicle and plan their route before they head out on their journey after a transit van was the 15th vehicle to hit a railway bridge in Stonea, near March, in 2018.
The bridge sits on the line between March and Manea over the B1098 Sixteen Foot Bank Road. It has been struck by a range of vehicles including vans, high trailers and caravans, some of which have become stuck underneath.
The most recent incident, on October 3 this year, involved a transit van which became wedged underneath the bridge.
On September 8, a car carrying cycles on top struck the bridge, and on July 10 and 16 caravans struck the bridge. On July 9, a trailer carrying machinery became stuck while being pulled by a pick-up truck.
With a height restriction of only 2.1m (7ft), any vehicle larger than a standard car is at risk. An alternative route, using the level crossing next to the bridge, is available for drivers in large vehicles.
The A142 Stuntney Road Bridge in Ely is Britain’s most bashed bridge.
Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “Despite being clearly marked, this bridge is being driven into by irresponsible drivers causing unnecessary disruption to railway and road users.
“This can be avoided if drivers take the time to size up their vehicle and anything they may be towing before they set out on their journey. Don’t just chance it – anyone who is unsure should pull over to check the height or use the alternative route.”
To keep everyone safe, all bridges are examined when hit by a vehicle, which can cause delays to rail services. In some cases, it os necessary to carry out repair work before reopening the railway line and road.
To learn more and about bridge strikes and how to report a bridge strike visit: www.networkrail.co.uk/wiseupsizeup.
If a bridge strike occurs it should be immediately reported to Network Rail using the telephone number on the identification plate fixed to the bridge. If no plate is provided the strike should be reported to the police by calling 999.