Drivers urged to ‘wise up and size up’

van stuck under bridge


Network Rail are urging drivers to ‘wise up and size up’.


A railway bridge in Cambridgeshire has been hit 15 times this year by drivers misjudging the heights of their vehicles.


The bridge which spans over the B1098 Sixteen Foot Bank Road on the line between March and Manea is Britain’s second most bashed bridge.

With a height restriction of only 2.1m (7ft), any vehicle larger than a standard car is at risk. This has lead to a range of vehicles getting wedged underneath the bridge in the last few months, which include:

  • October 3 – transit van that became wedged underneath the bridge
  • September 8 – car carrying cycles on top struck the bridge
  • July 16 – caravans struck the bridge
  • July 10 – caravans struck the 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’s necessary to carry out repair work before reopening the railway line and road”.


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