Rail boss slams drivers who fail to spot warning signs on low bridges

A senior Network Rail director has voiced his frustration with motorists who fail to heed the height of its bridges after a wagon got stuck in Mirfield. Mirfield Viaduct in Station Road, Lower Hopton, was shut in both directions after the Veolia truck got stuck under the 3.8m bridge. Train services were briefly affected while Network Rail engineers raced to the scene to tease the hapless driver’s truck out.

The bridge is clearly signposted as a low one. Andrew Murray, Director of Engineering and Asset Management for Network Rail’s Eastern Region, said: “Shortly before 11.15am a member of the public reported that a vehicle had struck a railway bridge in Mirfield.

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“Train services were impacted for a short time whilst an inspection of the bridge was carried out. Trains were able to resume as normal just before 11.50am.

The bin wagon which got stuck under the low bridge

“We can’t stress enough how important it is for drivers to know the height of their vehicle.

“Bridge strikes are entirely avoidable, cost taxpayers millions of pounds and cause delays to tens of thousands of rail passengers every year.”

Rail boss slams drivers who fail to spot warning signs on low bridgesThe sign clearly showing its height at Mirfield Viaduct, Station Road

A Veolia spokeswoman said: “Earlier today there was an incident involving a Veolia vehicle becoming briefly lodged beneath a railway bridge in Mirfield.

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“This incident was quickly and efficiently resolved.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this caused to the public and are grateful to the Network Rail employees for their help to rectify the situation.”

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