Passengers in the South East suffered delays last week after three bridges were hit by high vehicles within 12 hours of each other.
Network Rail is appealing to drivers of heavy goods vehicles to take more care around low bridges as delays mount up.
First, a bridge over the South Circular in Tulse Hill was hit on Thursday night, leading to delays to Thameslink passengers. Then on Friday morning, Grosvenor Road Bridge near Victoria was hit by a heavy goods vehicle, leading to delays to Southern and Gatwick Express passengers, and a bridge near Orpington station was struck, bringing delays to Southeastern passengers.
The situation is so serious at Tulse Hill that Network Rail has now assigned response staff to monitor the bridge on location at peak times every week. It has also installed a large steel protection beam, along with more signage - including a large banner - and also CCTV.
Southeastern trains were delayed by a bridge strike in Orpington this morning (Friday) and they also suffer occasional delays from notable low bridges near Dover, Strood and in Chestfield, Kent.
Not all low railway bridges need the railway to be closed when they are hit and Network Rail grades the bridges according to their construction and their ability to withstand impacts. Some bridges are vulnerable to strikes and are protected with steel beams to reduce impact. These are also inspected by a qualified bridge inspector before trains are allowed to run at full speed over them.
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