Lorry driver’s bridge gaffe caused chaos on railways
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