HGV drivers urged to help prevent avoidable damage by checking routes

HGV drivers have been urged to make sure they know their route before setting off in order to prevent “completely avoidable” damage to rail infrastructure. The call, from Network Rail, comes after a lorry collided with the railway bridge near the  Hollybush Pub in Cefn-y-Bedd on Tuesday morning. Roads in the area became congested while tyres spilled from the vehicle were moved off the road and the lorry was recovered.

But the incident also affected the running of trains and resulted in an inspection of the bridge and tracks. A Network Rail spokesperson said, “At around 7.35am, a member of the public reported a lorry had struck a railway bridge at Cefn-Y-Bedd station.  : Concerns after HGV strikes Cefn-y-Bedd railway bridge

“Thankfully nobody was injured and, following a safety inspection, no damage was found to the bridge or tracks. The line reopened for normal running at 8.32am. “Bridge strikes have the potential to cause significant disruption to passengers’ journeys, leading to a huge waste of tax-payers money when trains are on stop and repairs need to be carried out.

“These incidents are completely avoidable if drivers take the time to check the size of their vehicle and plan their route to avoid low bridges before setting off.” Another photo from the scene Readers took to the Leader’s Facebook page to share their thoughts on the wider issue of bridge strikes, with another happening at the site just six weeks ago, and how they were affected on Tuesday morning.

Maria Morris said: “I was directed through Llay. Added half an hour driving time to get to work.” Rob Keen said: “As an ex-lorry driver, the height of your truck is normally in the cab.

“If in doubt don’t drive under the said bridge.” : Lorry carrying skips gets stuck under Wrexham Road railway bridge Nicola Eaves-Hall said: “When will people learn their roads and know the height of things?”

Jeanette Partington said: “Been hit many times now. Might need whole new bridge in time.” Matthew Sides said: “They are really going to have to consider car park style height barriers ahead of the bridge at this rate or the road will be shut for two years while they fix the bridge.”

Peter Robinson-Hudson added: “Infra red or sonic height sensors could be used with ‘STOP’ warning illuminated on approach side of bridge.”

Sian Jones said she and many other motorists were diverted towards Llay, “bumper to bumper all the way.”