Lorry stuck under bridge leads to train delays on Lakes Line

Lorry stuck under bridge leads to train delays on Lakes Line

The lorry stuck under the bridge. Pic by Andrew Stuart.

The stranded lorry

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TRAIN services along the Lakes Line were experiencing delays and cancellations this afternoon after a lorry collided with a railway bridge.

The accident happened when a HGV Scania struck the underside of the railway bridge spanning Burneside Road in Kendal.

The male driver of the vehicle, belonging to haulage firm, Bird’s Groupage Limited, was said to be unhurt.

Police attended the scene and traffic was moving freely after the lorry was eventually reversed from under the 14ft nine inch bridge.

Passerby Andrew Stuart was on the scene and said he saw the driver  'holding his head in his hands' after the accident.

"The lorry was the only vehicle involved and the driver was not hurt,"  said Mr Stuart.

As a precautionary measure, train services running in both directions and involving stations at Windermere, Staveley, Burneside, Kendal and Oxenholme were subject to delays.

At least one service to Oxenholme was cancelled and it is likely structural checks will be made to the bridge before services can fully resume.

Delays are expected of up to 20 minutes and are expected to continue unti approximately 3.45pm.

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Northern Rail and First Transpennine Express run services along the route from the West Coast Mainline at Oxenholme.

To find out if trains are delayed, call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or visit http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

Twitter users can also use the hashtag #kendal to find out service updates.

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7:25pm Wed 6 Mar 13

Topp66 says...

I bet he will use the burneside A591 road next time he goes to croppers !!
I bet he will use the burneside A591 road next time he goes to croppers !! Topp66
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9:51pm Wed 6 Mar 13

Lakeuk says...

Shouldn't any decent lorry driver know the height of their lorry and be able to read signs
Shouldn't any decent lorry driver know the height of their lorry and be able to read signs Lakeuk
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9:54pm Wed 6 Mar 13

Topp66 says...

Yes they should, road atlases for lorrys will tell you the height of the bridges and weight limits etc
Yes they should, road atlases for lorrys will tell you the height of the bridges and weight limits etc Topp66
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6:53am Thu 7 Mar 13

hogheaven says...

In this age of electronics surely a devise could be fitted to HGV'S which would measure the height of bridges, as it approaches and warn the driver.It is so easy to make a mistake under pressure these drivers are under to make deliveries on time .
In this age of electronics surely a devise could be fitted to HGV'S which would measure the height of bridges, as it approaches and warn the driver.It is so easy to make a mistake under pressure these drivers are under to make deliveries on time . hogheaven
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12:27pm Thu 7 Mar 13

oceancloud says...

Similar things happen at the railway bridge on CastleStreet/Sedberg
h Road.There is a sign on the main road opposite the entrance to Sandylands Road telling the height of the bridge but you still meet wagons reversing all the way from the bridge back up to Sandylands Road on a regular basis. Mostly foreign drivers but not entirely.
Similar things happen at the railway bridge on CastleStreet/Sedberg h Road.There is a sign on the main road opposite the entrance to Sandylands Road telling the height of the bridge but you still meet wagons reversing all the way from the bridge back up to Sandylands Road on a regular basis. Mostly foreign drivers but not entirely. oceancloud
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2:17pm Sat 9 Mar 13

life cycle too says...

For the amount of traffic on the Lakes Line, compared to the cost of it's upkeep, it is about time they replaced it with a dedicated bus service to Oxenholme.

They already do so when maintenance closes it, and it makes it easier for users to access at Staveley, where disabled people cannot reach the platform up the steep steps.
For the amount of traffic on the Lakes Line, compared to the cost of it's upkeep, it is about time they replaced it with a dedicated bus service to Oxenholme. They already do so when maintenance closes it, and it makes it easier for users to access at Staveley, where disabled people cannot reach the platform up the steep steps. life cycle too
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2:47pm Sat 9 Mar 13

hogheaven says...

The line is a important link for visitors to the lakes when I have been at Oxenholme
station there always seems to be a good few people waiting for the train,also if there was the room for a larger carpark it would be useful for visitors to leave cars at oxenholme and travel to Ambelside , helping to alleviate some of the congestion ,so long as the fares are offordable,combined park and ride ticket?
The line is a important link for visitors to the lakes when I have been at Oxenholme station there always seems to be a good few people waiting for the train,also if there was the room for a larger carpark it would be useful for visitors to leave cars at oxenholme and travel to Ambelside , helping to alleviate some of the congestion ,so long as the fares are offordable,combined park and ride ticket? hogheaven
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5:14pm Sat 9 Mar 13

life cycle too says...

hogheaven wrote:
The line is a important link for visitors to the lakes when I have been at Oxenholme
station there always seems to be a good few people waiting for the train,also if there was the room for a larger carpark it would be useful for visitors to leave cars at oxenholme and travel to Ambelside , helping to alleviate some of the congestion ,so long as the fares are offordable,combined park and ride ticket?
There are not so many users that they couldn't be comfortably accommodated on a bus.
Rail is a great way to haul freight - but the days when even the newspapers arrived in Windermere by train are gone, and the cost of maintaining the track is huge... and as I pointed out - some passengers are excluded.
[quote][p][bold]hogheaven[/bold] wrote: The line is a important link for visitors to the lakes when I have been at Oxenholme station there always seems to be a good few people waiting for the train,also if there was the room for a larger carpark it would be useful for visitors to leave cars at oxenholme and travel to Ambelside , helping to alleviate some of the congestion ,so long as the fares are offordable,combined park and ride ticket?[/p][/quote]There are not so many users that they couldn't be comfortably accommodated on a bus. Rail is a great way to haul freight - but the days when even the newspapers arrived in Windermere by train are gone, and the cost of maintaining the track is huge... and as I pointed out - some passengers are excluded. life cycle too
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9:12pm Sat 9 Mar 13

Kendmoor says...

Agree whole heartedly with hogheaven. I don't think it's an issue though I highly doubt they'll close that line and I think it works very well as is. Just going over the route the bus would have to take (I'm assuming it would either have to go back through town past the bus station to pick up more people or turn left at college and out onto the dual carriageway. I suppose onto the dual wouldn't be so bad as the time wouldn't be extended too much, though when travelling with lots of luggage as visitors to the lakes often are - that would be a horrid option on a bus. Granted they may have to deal with that eventually once in windermere but you're more likely to get a taxi at that end....

not worth worrying about though - it'd never happen (quote me on that ;) )
Agree whole heartedly with hogheaven. I don't think it's an issue though I highly doubt they'll close that line and I think it works very well as is. Just going over the route the bus would have to take (I'm assuming it would either have to go back through town past the bus station to pick up more people or turn left at college and out onto the dual carriageway. I suppose onto the dual wouldn't be so bad as the time wouldn't be extended too much, though when travelling with lots of luggage as visitors to the lakes often are - that would be a horrid option on a bus. Granted they may have to deal with that eventually once in windermere but you're more likely to get a taxi at that end.... not worth worrying about though - it'd never happen (quote me on that ;) ) Kendmoor
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