Oversized lorries hit rail bridges five times a day causing misery for hundreds of thousands

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On the day Network Rail issued details of the awareness campaign, a lorry struck the railway bridge at Lea Road, Lea, Preston.

The collision, around 3pm on Friday, October 27, did not disrupt rail services.

A lorry struck the railway bridge at Lea Road, Lea, Preston.

A lorry struck the railway bridge at Lea Road, Lea, Preston.

The railway suffers almost 2,000 bridge strikes every year costing the taxpayer some £23m in damages and delays.

The end of October sees a peak in the number of strikes, rising to almost 10 per day.

Research suggests this could be due to the hour change and increased deliveries ahead of Christmas.

The Post has reported many incidents of this type in Leyland and Preston

Hundreds of thousands of rail passengers will suffer hours of delays and cancellations this month

Hundreds of thousands of rail passengers will suffer hours of delays and cancellations this month

Figures show most bridge strikes happen between 10am and 11am, but remain high all day until around 6pm in the evening and can cause hours of travel chaos.

Research has found:

43 per cent of lorry drivers admit to not knowing the size of their vehicle

52 per cent of drivers admit to not taking low bridges into account when planning their journeys

five bridge strikes happen across the country everyday – with a peak of 10/day in October

on average, each bridge strike costs £13,500 and causes two hours of delays to train services.