Bridge strikes are a significant risk to railway safety
A bridge strike occurs when a motor vehicle crashes into a bridge at a location where the railway passes over a road or the road crosses the railway.
Bridge strike incidents can cause death or serious injury to road and rail users and are financially costly to the vehicle owner and the railway.
After an incident the bridge needs to be checked to make sure it’s safe and debris needs to be cleared. This can cause significant delays to both road and rail users as well as disruption to the affected community.
Reporting a bridge strike
If a bridge strike occurs it should be immediately reported to us 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 telephoning 999.
The number of bridge strikes at our bridges since 2000 (between 1 April and 31 March) are shown in the table below.
Reported bridge strikes
|Year||Underline bridges||Overline bridges|
Some bridges over roads were struck repeatedly in 2016/17, with 18 strikes being reported at bridgeBGK/1568: Stuntley Road (A142) in Ely, Cambridgeshire.
The top 10 assets with greatest number of reported bridge strikes in the year ending 31 March 2017 were as follows:
Repeated bridge strikes
|#||Route||Bridge ID||Location||OS Grid reference||Post code||Bridge strikes in 2016/17|
|1||Anglia||BGK/1568||A142 Stuntney Road, Ely, Cambridgeshire||TL 543 794||CB7 4DY||18|
|2||Anglia||EMP/1816||B1098 Stonea Road, Stonea, Cambridgeshire||TL 459 933||PE15 0DX||16|
|3||Scotland||EGS2/285/022||A73, Carlisle Road, Bellside, North Lanarkshire||NS811 583||ML1 5NU||15|
|4||LNW||BJW3/90||A51 Upper St John Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire||SK 118 090||WS13 6HU||13|
|5||Western||DCL/63 31||A420 Botley Road, Oxford||SP 505 063||OX1 1PP||12|
|6||South East||NTL/494||Mantle Road, Brockley, London||TQ 363 758||SE4 2LZ||11|
|6||South East||BTH1/1205||A205 Thurlow Park Road, Tulse Hill, London||TQ 318 730||SE21 8JB||11|
|8||Anglia||DWW2/227||A102, Kennworthy Road, Homerton, London||TQ 362 849||E9 5RB||11|
|8||LNW||WNS/3||A5 Watling Street, Hinckley, Leicestershire||SP 406 926||LE10 0FY||10|
|10||South East||HDR/823||Overy Street, Dartford, Kent||TQ 544 743||DA1 1UG||10|
|10||Scotland||AYR3/161/059||A737 Beith Road, Dalry, North Ayrshire||NS 299 497||KA24 4HZ||10|
Two or more bridge strikes were reported at 353 bridges carrying the railway over roads and roads over the railway in the year ending 31 March 2017.
Our Route bridge strike champions take the lead in managing bridge strike risk locally and can be contacted as follows:
Bridge strike contacts
|David Dickinson/Jonathan McCann||London North Eastern and East Midlands (LNE & EM)||LNE_EMstructuressupport@networkrail.co.uk|
|Mark Wheel||London North Western (LNW)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Stephen Delderfield||South East||civilsenquiriesSussex@networkrail.co.uk|