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Bridge Strikes/Collisions are becoming rampant and drastically increasing every day. One of the most hit bridges in the UK is located in St John streets in Lichfield with over 90 being recorded since 2009. Also, last year Cambridge council recorded 18 HGV bridge hits in 12 months.

The railway suffers almost 2,000 bridge strikes every year costing the taxpayer some £23m in damages and delays.

The end of this month (October) sees a peak in the number of strikes, rising to almost 10 per day. Research suggests this could be due to the hour change and increased deliveries ahead of Christmas. Figures show most bridge strikes happen between 10 am and 11 am, but remain high all day until around 6 pm in the evening and can cause hours of travel chaos.

 

In the remainder of this article, we will be covering what a bridge strike is and how to prevent one from happening to you!

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What Is A Bridge Strike?

A bridge strike is an incident whereby a vehicle and its load crash into a bridge. Lorries, double-decker bus, trailers or train are usually taller than the clearance underneath the structure as a result of over height thereby causing the collision with the bridges.

Bridge strike incidents have caused death and pain to people involved in rails and roads. Constructing and maintaining these bridges as well are usually expensive which makes the incidence of bridge hit to result in both the loss of many innocent lives and properties. We will be looking at some of its preventions in the next heading.

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Prevention Of Bridge Strike

There are no perfect solutions for bridge strikes but they can be prevented.  The following guides should be  practiced in order to reduce the chances of it happening to you! We also cover this module in our HGV training programme.

HGV drivers are expected to:

 

Some Useful Precautions When En Route

 

What should you do whenever a bridge strike occurs?

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