Drivers despair after yet another vehicle hits Ely’s railway bridge

It is the second time in less than a week that a vehicle has hit the bridge

It is the second time in less than a week that a vehicle has hit the bridge - Credit: Archant

Yet another vehicle collided with the railway bridge in Ely today (Friday).

The van suffered extensive damage in the collision

The van suffered extensive damage in the collision - Credit: Archant

A large rental van was badly damaged and got stuck after smashing into the bridge shortly after midday, causing traffic tailbacks along the A142.

Police and recovery crews were called and the vehicle was released, with traffic flowing again by 2pm.

The incident comes barely 72 hours after a tractor and trailer hit the Station Road bridge, on Tuesday night.

Many took to Twitter to vent their frustration, with Simon Rowley posting: “Honestly! They really cannot make the warning signage any bigger”.


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Rob Witherow added: “Not sure how this keeps happening!”

The bridge measures 9ft at its centre, but slightly less on the slopes that lead in and out.

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It has earned a notorious reputation for being hit – the record year being 2010 when it was hit 16 times by motorists unaware of or ignorant of the height restrictions.

In that year, it was dubbed ‘the most bashed bridge’ in Britain by Network Rail following a spate of accidents involving lorries, caravans and camper vans.

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