Network Rail says that, on average, five entirely avoidable railway bridge strikes take place every day across Britain, costing taxpayers £23 million a year.
On average five entirely avoidable railway bridge strikes take place every day across Britain, costing the taxpayer £23 million a year.
There are currently 1,800 incidents occurring each year relating to heavy goods vehicles striking bridges, according to data from Network Rail.
Network Rail is urging van and truck drivers to "wise up and size up" after a transit van was the 15th vehicle to hit a railway bridge in Cambridgeshire this year.
Network Rail is calling for an end to the “entirely avoidable stupidity” of lorry drivers who crash into bridges because they do not know the height of their vehicles.
It will see the commercial vehicle auction company remarket 7,000 vehicles for Network Rail over three years on a sole supplier basis.
Network Rail has partnered with some of the biggest road fleets in Britain to help drivers stay safe at level crossings this winter.
Network Rail has commissioned a new fleet of 20 all-wheel drive FUSO Canter trucks specially adapted for operation on rails as well as on roads.