NETWORK Rail has published two new guides for professional drivers and transport managers aimed at reducing the number of bridge strikes.
Since 1996 the number of bridge strikes reported to Network Rail has almost doubled to nearly 2,000 incidents per year, over five per day. Road freight or construction plant transport vehicles are involved in 88 per cent of these incidents.
The new guides include information on legal requirements, road signs, route planning, vehicle height checks and security.
Key tips for drivers include: planning journeys in advance to avoid low bridges;
measuring the height and width of the vehicle and displaying them in the cab before travelling; and re-checking vehicle height after unloading or reloading.
Also suggested are: checking lifting and other equipment is secured and planning an alternative route in case of road closures, diversions or heavy traffic.