Not again! Ely’s ‘most bashed bridge’ claims yet another victim

The van had to be freed by recovery crews.

The van had to be freed by recovery crews. - Credit: Archant

Ely’s infamous rail bridge claimed yet another victim on Saturday.

A large van became wedged under the Station Road bridge shortly after 2pm after appearing to ignore the numerous warning signs and florescent markers.

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

Recovery crews were called to remove the lorry from under the bridge, opening the road to traffic again.

It is the third time since May that a vehicle has become stuck under the bridge, with a camper van ignoring warning signs in July and a lorry falling foul in late May.


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The railway bridge in Ely is the victim of regular strikes, causing long delays for motorists as recovery crews have to be called to retrieve stricken vehicles that have become wedged under it.

The bridge has 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.

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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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