Lorry driver’s bridge gaffe caused chaos on rail­ways

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

TRAINS through Romi­ley were hit by rush hour de­lays af­ter an ‘avoid­able gaffe’ re­sulted in a lorry car­ry­ing a fork­lift truck get­ting stuck un­der a rail­way bridge.

Po­lice and Net­work Rail of­fi­cials were called to Comp­stall Road in Romi­ley at around 8.55am to re­ports of a ve­hi­cle stuck un­der the bridge at Romi­ley sta­tion in Stock­port.

Trains be­tween Romi­ley and Manch­ester were im­me­di­ately stopped, and a Net­work Rail en­gi­neer rushed to the scene.

Once he con­firmed the bridge had not been dam­aged, trains were re­sumed at 9.30am.

The in­ci­dent caused de­lays of 37 min­utes, plus knock-on de­lays as the net­work re­cov­ered af­ter the line was de­clared safe and re­opened. No one was in­jured.

A spokesman for Net­work Rail said: “This kind of avoid­able gaffe de­lays mo­torists and train cus­tomers. There are also po­ten­tially very se­ri­ous safety con­se­quences.

“We’d urge driv­ers of all high ve­hi­cles to know for sure, rather than to hope, that their lorry or truck can fit un­der our bridges.

“Trans­port­ing a fork­lift is even more rea­son to check your height be­fore you drive.”

The lorry stuck un­der the bridge

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