Britain’s most struck railway bridge could be in danger from high vehicles as roadworks on the A5 mean lorry drivers need to follow diversions.
Although clearly marked with the height restrictions, the St John Street bridge has been hit 28 times in the last 12 months.
Roadworks start on the A5 at Wall roundabout, between Muckley Corner and the Weeford roundabout, on Monday 6th July. Lasting until the 24th July special diversions for high sided vehicles have been set up to avoid the low bridge. Every weeknight between 8 pm and 6 am road closures will be in place.
Martin Colmey, head of operations for Central route, said: “With St John Street bridge in Lichfield already having the unenviable title of the most bashed in the country, I’d urge all drivers of large vehicles to follow the recommended diversion signs and not their sat-nav during Highways England’s work on the A5.
“There is no excuse for drivers to hit railway bridges. Bridge strikes are entirely avoidable, put the safety of rail passengers and road users at risk, and cost the taxpayer millions of pounds each year to fix. Our message is simple – lorry drivers, plan your route and know, don’t guess, the height of your vehicle.”
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