Residents demand action after yet another lorry gets stuck under bridge in Romsey

Daily Echo: Anger as lorries get trapped under railway bridge 17 times in ten years Anger as lorries get trapped under railway bridge 17 times in ten years

HOW many more times?

That is what residents are asking after yet another lorry crashed into the Greatbridge Road railway bridge in Romsey.

Daily Echo:

Now they are calling for authorities to take action after at least 18 such incidents at the spot over the past ten years.

Emergency services raced to rescue the stricken vehicle in an operation that took more than five hours, leading to delays and road closures.

The Waltet waste truck hit the bridge and toppled over, dumping some of its contents.

The driver, a man in his 30s from the Southampton area, was uninjured.

Daily Echo:

Another lorry gets stuck under the bridge

Trains were told to slow down as they passed overhead due to fears over the structure of the bridge. Network Rail engineers later established that it was safe.

Drivers faced misery, with many roads shut off until 2pm following the incident at 9.15am.

It took delivery driver Robert Line, 43, from North Baddesley, more than an hour to get from one side of the bridge to the other.

Daily Echo:

Recovery specialists try to release a lorry stuck under the bridge

But this is just the latest in a string of accidents at the bridge, the most recent involving a lorry in July last year.

Three flashing signs warning drivers to turn back were installed on Duttons Road, Greatbridge Road and Fishlake Meadows in recent years. These are activated by high vehicles, and locals said that they had cut the number of accidents.

But residents and local businesses want more to be done.

Daily Echo:

Police seal off the road as the bridge claims another truck

They have suggested more warning signs on the outskirts of Romsey, a barrier across the road further up to prevent the vehicles getting to the bridge or stopping heavy goods vehicles taking routes through the town.

Graeme Hutchins, owner of G and N Packing and Logistics Ltd, said that one year he had seen four incidents, and suggested raising the bridge or lowering the road.

“Somebody’s going to get hurt one day. It won’t be the last time unless they do something else,” he said.

Marc Thompson, 47, of Budds Lane, said he would like the 30mph speed limit sign moved further back on Greatbridge Road and more speed enforcement measures.

Daily Echo:

Drama at the railway bridge in 2008

A spokesman for waste management company Waltet, which has its headquarters in Nursling, apologised for any inconvenience to motorists and said that staff had cleaned up the non-hazardous waste that was spilled.

He said: “We’re investigating the reasons for the incident.

“We can’t make any comment until our investigation is completed.”

Network Rail said that raising the railway bridge would be expensive, and it encouraged the Highways Agency to ensure that the signage was appropriate.

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1:20pm Sun 16 Mar 14

bigfella777 says...

Can't they make the lorries smaller?
Can't they make the lorries smaller? bigfella777
  • Score: -4

2:51pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Mary80 says...

Not being funny but there IS a height restriction sign there its up to lorry drivers to bloody READ it and not just blunder through
Not being funny but there IS a height restriction sign there its up to lorry drivers to bloody READ it and not just blunder through Mary80
  • Score: 27

3:24pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Huey says...

Hahaha more professional drivers at work.
Hahaha more professional drivers at work. Huey
  • Score: 4

4:07pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Mary80 says...

Looking at the images there looks to be at least TWO height restriction signs so either these drivers are Mr MaGoo or they can't be arsed to use their eyes to check the darn signs that are right where they SHOULD by logic see them. There's no excuse as to why they keep hitting the bridge the signs are there in easy to spot places
Looking at the images there looks to be at least TWO height restriction signs so either these drivers are Mr MaGoo or they can't be arsed to use their eyes to check the darn signs that are right where they SHOULD by logic see them. There's no excuse as to why they keep hitting the bridge the signs are there in easy to spot places Mary80
  • Score: 10

5:21pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Frank28 says...

Lorries have been crashing into that bridge for more than 40 years. Aside from getting points for careless driving; all drivers involved in such incidents should have immediate sight and cognitive ability tests to see if they are still competent to drive.
Lorries have been crashing into that bridge for more than 40 years. Aside from getting points for careless driving; all drivers involved in such incidents should have immediate sight and cognitive ability tests to see if they are still competent to drive. Frank28
  • Score: 5

6:39pm Sun 16 Mar 14

kevinchandler100@talktalk.net says...

dose the lorry driver need glasses?. there should be more signs before the bridge warning lorry drivers of the bridge height.
dose the lorry driver need glasses?. there should be more signs before the bridge warning lorry drivers of the bridge height. kevinchandler100@talktalk.net
  • Score: 1

8:15pm Sun 16 Mar 14

derek james says...

the height sign would appear to be in feet and inches, given that there maybe a number of foreign drivers it might be useful to state the height in metres 9if it's not already)
the height sign would appear to be in feet and inches, given that there maybe a number of foreign drivers it might be useful to state the height in metres 9if it's not already) derek james
  • Score: 1

8:36pm Sun 16 Mar 14

freefinker says...

derek james wrote:
the height sign would appear to be in feet and inches, given that there maybe a number of foreign drivers it might be useful to state the height in metres 9if it's not already)
.. the photos clearly show the signs quote both metric and imperial measurements - 4.3m/14'3"
None as blind as those who won't see, as they say.
[quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: the height sign would appear to be in feet and inches, given that there maybe a number of foreign drivers it might be useful to state the height in metres 9if it's not already)[/p][/quote].. the photos clearly show the signs quote both metric and imperial measurements - 4.3m/14'3" None as blind as those who won't see, as they say. freefinker
  • Score: 2

9:00pm Sun 16 Mar 14

dolomiteman says...

kevinchandler100@tal
ktalk.net
wrote:
dose the lorry driver need glasses?. there should be more signs before the bridge warning lorry drivers of the bridge height.
No they need driving lessons including an extra course in observation, there are plenty of clearly marked and visible height warning signs on the approach to this bridge.

How many spam emails do you get Kevin?
[quote][p][bold]kevinchandler100@tal ktalk.net[/bold] wrote: dose the lorry driver need glasses?. there should be more signs before the bridge warning lorry drivers of the bridge height.[/p][/quote]No they need driving lessons including an extra course in observation, there are plenty of clearly marked and visible height warning signs on the approach to this bridge. How many spam emails do you get Kevin? dolomiteman
  • Score: 2

8:58am Mon 17 Mar 14

Mavis Barlow says...

What about a wall of water stop sign :)

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=Dk9DjO-_r
T8
What about a wall of water stop sign :) http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=Dk9DjO-_r T8 Mavis Barlow
  • Score: -1

10:31am Mon 17 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Can't they make the lorries smaller?
.. raise the bridges higher? Silly comment? Well you started it....
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Can't they make the lorries smaller?[/p][/quote].. raise the bridges higher? Silly comment? Well you started it.... OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: -2

12:24pm Mon 17 Mar 14

From the sidelines says...

Perhaps hitting a bridge should be considered dangerous/reckless driving, and punished accordingly with a hefty ban and fine.

One expects a driver to know the height of his vehicle, so the only mitigation would be if the height stated on the signs was wrong.
Perhaps hitting a bridge should be considered dangerous/reckless driving, and punished accordingly with a hefty ban and fine. One expects a driver to know the height of his vehicle, so the only mitigation would be if the height stated on the signs was wrong. From the sidelines
  • Score: 0

5:32pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Positively4thStreet says...

In this day and age there must be some kind of beam activated device fitted to high vehicles,that would operate a warning device in the cab,surely?
At the end of the day though,it just has to be put down to driver error every time..what other excuse can there be?
In this day and age there must be some kind of beam activated device fitted to high vehicles,that would operate a warning device in the cab,surely? At the end of the day though,it just has to be put down to driver error every time..what other excuse can there be? Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 0

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