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Delays explained: bridge strikes(amp)

A lorry on it's side after hitting a bridge

Bridge strikes cost taxpayers millions of pounds and delay thousands of passengers and road users every year.

They’re completely avoidable but continue to affect the railway. In fact, we typically deal with more bridge strikes in October and November than any other time of the year.

Why? Research suggests the shorter days and rise in the number of deliveries leading up to Christmas are likely to be the biggest reasons.

Most bridge strikes happen between 10am and 11am, but remain high all day until around 6pm. They can cause hours of travel chaos.

How do bridge strikes affect railway passengers?

The damage caused by bridge strikes means delays to journeys because we must make the railway safe again.

How do we respond to bridge strikes?

We typically get train services moving again within an hour of the first call about a bridge strike to the control centre.

Here’s the typical chain of events:

Watch this video of a bridge strike last year in Tarporley, Cheshire:

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