Network Rail engineers will demolish the bridge, then build a stronger one at a slightly raised height, which will help to reduce the number of bridge strikes. Collision protection beams will also be installed, which will help to prevent damage.
These improvements will mean that passenger services, as well as critical freight trains, can continue running safely and reliably.
This work will have no impact on passenger train services and the main part of the project will take place over the Christmas period. The upgrade is expected to complete in February 2021.
- There will be five overnight full closures each Saturday from 21 November (21 November, 28 November, 5 December,12 December and 19 December). The road will close from 19:00 on Saturday until 07:00 on the Sunday morning each week. Pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will continue to be able to go under the bridge and drivers will be diverted.
- From Sunday 22 November until Saturday 30 January, there will be a partial road closure and one lane will be closed from 07:00 until 19:00, Monday to Friday. Traffic lights will operate during these times.
- The road will close at 19:00 on Tuesday 22 December until 19:00 on Wednesday 30 December. There will be no access under the bridge at this time and two shuttle buses will be provided for pedestrians, one of which will have space for wheelchairs and bikes.
- There will also be five overnight road closures on each Saturday in January 2021. Doncaster Road will close from 19:00 on Saturday until 07:00 on the Sunday morning each week.
“This work to upgrade the bridge at Doncaster Road is vital for the railway and for the community in Crofton. It will mean train services can continue running safely and reliably for generations to come.
“We’ve carefully planned the work to make sure that Doncaster Road remains open whenever possible, especially at busier times. Key parts of this project can only be carried out safely when the road is closed, and we apologise to drivers, residents and businesses in Crofton for any inconvenience.”
People can find out more about Network Rail’s ‘Wise Up, Size Up’ campaign to help combat bridge strikes using the following link: https://www.networkrail.co.uk/communities/safety-in-the-community/railway-safety-campaigns/wise-up-size-up/
In 2019, there were 1,787 bridge strikes reported. Of these strikes, 328 locations received multiple strikes and the most costly single strike amounted to £1.8 million in train delay costs.
Most of the vehicles that hit railway bridges are Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) and buses, at a cost of around £13,000 per strike –costing the UK taxpayer around £23m in a year.
View good practice guides on how drivers, transport staff and bridge owners can prevent vehicles from hitting bridges and what to do if a bridge strike happens.
Network Rail explains: To combat bridge strikes, we’ve been running the national ‘Wise Up, Size Up’ campaign since 2018, predominantly targeting the peak times for strikes in March and October.
Our research has shown 43 per cent of lorry drivers admit to not measuring their vehicle before heading out on the road, and 52 per cent admit to not taking low bridges into account.
That’s why we remind drivers to check their vehicle and plan their route to avoid low bridges before setting off, and we have tools, training and guidance in several languages for drivers and logistics companies to help tackle bridge strikes.
Throughout the year, we work alongside some of Britain’s biggest haulage firms as well as Highways England, the Driving Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA) and other industry bodies to reduce the risk of bridge strikes.
Our haulage partners have played a vital role in helping us shape our content and evaluate the effectiveness of the campaign through surveys with their employees, providing valuable feedback directly from drivers.