Midlands rail bridge named second worst in the country for crashes

A rail bridge in the Midlands has been named the nation’s second worst for crashes.

The St John’s Street Bridge in Lichfield was hit 18 times from March 2020 to March this year.

This meant that it was the second worst affected bridge in the country during this period.

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In total, there were 1,624 bridge strikes on the UK rail network between 2020 and 2021, costing more than £ 5.5million in delays and cancellation fees, according to Network Rail, reports StaffordshireLive.

Nationally, the bridge that has been hit the most is Coddenham Road in Needham Market, Suffolk, which has been hit 19 times. In Dudley, the Bromford Road Bridge has been hit 13 times, with the Watling Street Bridge at Hinckley in Leicestershire has been hit 11 times.

It comes as Network Rail is relaunching its “Wise Up, Size Up” campaign, which urges truck drivers to check the height of their vehicles before approaching a bridge.

Ellie Burrows, Regional Director of Network Rail, said: “Bridge strikes cause unnecessary delays, costs and safety concerns for road and rail users. To make matters worse, they drain public funds that should be used to modernize and improve our network.

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This year’s appeal is bigger and better than ever – as we’ve partnered with our # Toys4Birmingham partners including Thrive Together Birmingham, Birmingham Playcare Network, Edgbaston Foundation and Birmingham Forward Steps.

Are also involved Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Barnardo’s, Spurgeon Children’s Charity, The Springfield Project in Sparkhill, St Paul’s Community Development Trust and Your Local Pantry, which operates food centers in 12 locations across Birmingham and the Black Country.

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“Over the past few years we have worked a lot with industry partners to address this issue and while it is encouraging to see the numbers go down, there is still a lot of work to be done.

“With Black Friday and Christmas fast approaching, we urge operators and professional drivers to properly plan their routes, know the heights of their vehicles, and watch for road signs warning of oncoming bridges.

“Those who do not risk losing their driver’s and operator’s licenses, and Network Rail is seeking to recover the full cost of repairs and delays from the driver’s employer.”

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